In the News

  • 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

  • Uncertain Fate for Decision That Paved the Way for Affordable Housing in NJ

    Residents of a controversial affordable housing complex in Mount Laurel, N.J., have a better quality of life than those who applied but never moved into the complex, a new study by Princeton University shows. The study was unveiled just as the court rulings that helped build the complex – known as the Mount Laurel decisions – are coming back to the New Jersey Supreme Court for the first time in more than two decades. Click here to hear Nancy Solomon’s report on National Public Radio (WNYC).

    Published in National Public Radio on May 7th, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Important New Research on Housing Mobility from Doug Massey

    In the May/June issue of Poverty & Race, Princeton Professor Doug Massey presents a summary of new research on outcomes for families and children at Ethel Lawrence Homes, a low income housing development in a relatively affluent suburban town outside of Philadelphia (Mount Laurel). Tracking residents over time, and comparing them with unsuccessful applicants from similar city neighborhoods, Massey found that the residents displayed higher rates of employment, larger share of income from work, greater total incomes, and lower rates of welfare dependency - while children experienced dramatically improved school quality and reduced exposure to school disorder and violence.

    Published in Poverty & Race on May 3rd, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • New Princeton University Study Says Fears About Ill-Effects of Affordable Housing are “Misplaced”

    Douglas Massey of Princeton University spent more than a year studying the effects of the Ethel Lawrence Homes on the fearful community that fought it, and on the hopeful people — many from Camden — who ultimately moved in. “We looked at property taxes, crime and home values, and the trends were no different between Mount Laurel and similar townships nearby. And as a result of moving into Ethel Lawrence, residents experienced much better neighborhoods, lower rates of violence and social disorder, better mental health, fewer negative life events, higher rates of employment and higher wages.”

    Published in The Star-Ledger on April 22nd, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Mount Laurel Affordable Housing Decision Made Dreams Come True

    It took a while for Sandra Rios to let her son play outside at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes, an affordable housing complex in affluent Mount Laurel Township. Memories of Camden will do that to you. “It took me a long time to let go,” says Rios. Now, her son Zaibian, 12, and daughter Delilah, 9, can run free on green lawns, shoot hops or play baseball. It’s a common suburban scene many of us take for granted, but for Rios and her children, it was decades in the making. Her escape route out of Camden was paved by the 1972 New Jersey Superior Court ruling that found Mount Laurel’s zoning was unconstitutional because it kept people such as Rios out.

    Published in The Star-Ledger on April 22nd, 2012 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Mount Laurel low-income housing is a success story

    The Ethel R. Lawrence Homes are what New Jersey would look like if the rules were written by the poor. An alternative to warehousing of people in urban public housing. A New Jersey not segregated by race, ethnicity and income. Where kids are safe and score as well on state tests as suburban neighbors, defying cruel stereotypes about poor and minority children.

    Published in The Star-Ledger on July 25th, 2011 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • COAH Face-off Not Nearly Over

    His life’s work is under fire, if not siege. Again. Peter O’Connor, the lawyer whose eloquent advocacy of affordable housing is enshrined in the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel decisions, sees a “knockout attempt” coming. So he’s already counterpunching.

    Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on February 16th, 2010 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Opening doors in New Jersey

    I bet Ethel R. Lawrence is doing the happy dance up in heaven right about now. Because nearly 40 years after the lifelong Mount Laurel resident sued for the right to affordable housing, Gov. Corzine truly made her dream a reality.

    Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 22nd, 2008 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Low-income housing wins a beachhead in the ‘burbs

    Nestled in the heart of Mount Laurel, near Philadelphia, the Ethel Lawrence Homes are one of the few places in America where affordable housing has been built specifically for poor people — mostly blacks and Hispanics — in an affluent community. It took three decades of litigation, legislation and financial wizardry to construct these apartments, and the last vacancies were filled this year. But the conflict continues. Some longtime residents remain angry, and activists voice frustration that more apartments haven’t been built elsewhere.

    Published in The Seattle Times on November 14th, 2004 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF