In the News

  • Online Application Now Available For New Sharon Woods

    The waiting list for two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments in our New Sharon Woods complex in Deptford Township is now open. Please download the application online, fill it out and return with all supporting documents on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. The address is 100 Hillcrest Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080.

    Published in FSHD News Alert on February 14th, 2018 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Education Center Focuses on College-Bound Teens

    As part of Fair Share Development’s continuing effort to enhance the lives of the families of Ethel Lawrence, the Homework Club is piloting a new college preparatory program called Mission: Excellence. The mission of our program is to promote higher education, degree attainment, improved parental involvement, and a culture of personal excellence among the students of Ethel Lawrence Homes.

    Published in FSHD on November 1st, 2017 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Affordable Units for Seniors Planned for Mount Laurel

    A nonprofit developer has proposed 71 affordable units for senior citizens here. Fair Share Housing Development Inc., an affiliate of a housing advocacy nonprofit in Cherry Hill, seeks to build the complex at Ark Road and Hovtech Boulevard. The Mount Laurel planning board considered the proposal for Phase 1 of the project at its meeting on Thursday.

    Published in Courier-Post on April 18th, 2017 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Mount Laurel Writes ‘New Chapter’ in Long Affordable-Housing Saga

    “If you people can’t afford to live in our town,” Bill Haines told 60 black congregants of Jacob’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, “then you’ll just have to leave.” Stunned, but soon galvanized, the residents filed a lawsuit. Five years later, in its earthquake Mount Laurel I decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court declared the township’s exclusionary zoning practices unconstitutional. Every municipality must shoulder a “fair share” of its region’s housing supply for low- and middle-income households, the high court decreed, a principle enshrined as the “Mount Laurel Doctrine.” This week, the township that lent its name to that doctrine formally adopted its own 20-year “Mount Laurel” affordable-housing plan.

    Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on December 7th, 2016 Fair Share Housing Development | View PDF

  • Holy Cross ’63 Alum Peter J. O’Connor Talks About His Lifelong Commitment to Fair Housing

    Civil Rights Advocate Peter J. O’Connor: Holy Cross Years Inspired His Lifelong Crusade for Social Justice “My whole commitment to the implementation of moral values came from my time at Holy Cross,” Peter O’Connor told Katharine Whittemore in the latest issue of Holy Cross Magazine. “There was such a spirit of camaraderie there.”

    Published in Holy Cross Magazine on April 28th, 2016 Fair Share Housing Development | 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

  • 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