In the News

  • Seven Books About Suburbia

    The fight against racism, suburban-style, blossoms in “Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb” (Princeton University Press, 2013). For years, locals protested hard that home values would fall and crime rates would rise. Douglas S. Massey and four other authors, most with Princeton ties, meticulously document how this wasn’t the case at all. The even bigger takeaway: those who moved into the Ethel Lawrence Homes—named for a Mount Laurel citizen known as “The Rosa Parks of affordable housing”—have gained so many advantages in health, education and stability, you want to weep for untold others, knowing what happens when an American Dream is deferred

    Published in Boston Globe on September 28th, 2013 | View PDF

  • Small Providers with Big Ideas

    Leading Age Magazine reports on a wellness program operating out of FSHD’s Northgate II in Camden which aims to create a service model that could be used with high-risk, high-needs elderly and other Medicaid users in other cities across the country. The report highlights “small providers with big ideas.”

    Published in Leading Age Magazine on September 11th, 2013 | View PDF

  • Setting Up Shop Where the Sick Are

    Nobody wants to be in the hospital, or the emergency room. With Obamacare, hospitals and doctors now have a financial incentive to keep patients, especially the chronically ill, from using the ER for their primary or preventive healthcare needs. Inside FSHD’s Northgate II, an affordable housing complex in Camden, NJ, there’s a small doctor’s office that could play a big role in lowering some of those unnecessary medical costs, and in improving care for some of the sickest and most expensive patients in the city.

    Published in NPR’s Marketplace on August 2nd, 2013 | View PDF

  • Peter J. O’Connor’s May 5 Speech at Berea College “Social Justice in a Changing World”

    Peter J. O’Connor spoke of “Social Justice in a Changing World” during remarks delivered at Berea College’s 141st commencement on May 5, 2013 in Kentucky. Founded in 1855, Berea was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South.

    Published in Berea College on May 8th, 2013 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Noted Civil Rights Advocate Peter J. O’Connor to Speak at Berea College Commencement

    Peter J. O’Connor, a longtime civil rights activist, will address 232 candidates for graduation during Berea College’s 141st commencement service in Kentucky on May 5 at 2 p.m. in the main arena of Seabury Center. O’Connor will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    Published in Berea College Press Release on May 3rd, 2013 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • In South Jersey, New Options for Primary Care Are Slow To Take Hold

    Camden, N.J., has serious health problems, with too many people going to local emergency rooms unnecessarily. But progress is being made, albeit slowly at FSHD’s Northgate II affordable housing complex, which boasts a medical office on the ground floor of the apartment building. The goal of the practice is to improve care while reducing healthcare costs for hundreds of low-income seniors, families and people with special needs.

    Published in Shots: Health News From NPR on April 3rd, 2013 | View PDF

  • The Mount Laurel Doctrine

    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s 1983 ruling in the Mount Laurel fair-housing case is rightly regarded as one of the most important civil rights decisions of modern times. Yet despite its clear benefits, Governor Chris Christie and some wealthy communities have sought to weaken the law in two cases now before the court. The New York Times asks the court to strongly reaffirm the Mount Laurel Doctrine, and makes a strong case for the benefits of affordable housing citing the research of Princeton University Professor Doug Massey who studied FSHD’s Ethel R. Lawrence Homes and found that our residents enjoyed higher rates of employment and less dependence on welfare than similar families who had applied for housing but wound up elsewhere.

    Published in The New York Times on January 28th, 2013 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Location, Location, Location: The Real Determinant for Success in Schools

    New study indicates Camden students flourish when moved out of dysfunctional schools and neighborhoods.

    Published in NJ Spotlight on November 20th, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Learning From Mount Laurel

    In the suburb whose exclusive zoning led to New Jersey’s fair share affordable housing law, new research explores what the affordable housing finally built there has meant to the town—and to the people who have gotten to move there.

    Published in Shelterforce: The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Building on October 10th, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Home Remedy: Doctor’s Office in Camden High-Rise is an ER Alternative

    WHYY reporter Taunya English visits FSHD’s Northgate II to see how our tenants are responding to an innovative healthcare program that aims to get residents to cut down on unnecessary ER visits by going instead to a new medical clinic located on the ground floor of this Camden affordable housing high-rise. The program, which involves a partnership between FSHD’s affiliate nonprofit Fair Share Northgate II, Reliance Medical Group and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, seeks to improve medical outcomes for our tenants while reducing Medicaid costs.

    Published in WHYY Public Radio on October 3rd, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF