In the News

  • Ending the Cycle of Racial Isolation

    On Sunday, October 18, 2015, The New York Times Editorial Board, concerned about the racial segregation and concentrated poverty which underscored the violence in Ferguson and Baltimore, and many other urban areas in the United States, published a very supportive editorial about our work and touted our Ethel Lawrence Homes Development in Mount Laurel Township as a solution to urban segregation and poverty. The article reinforced our belief that the development and proper management of affordable housing on a regional scale, with supportive educational programs, is an essential part of the effort to reduce/eliminate urban segregation and concentrated poverty.

    Published in New York Times on October 19th, 2015 | View PDF

  • Innovations in Housing Plus Services Rely on Expanding Staff Roles

    Demands on affordable housing providers are growing as their residents age in place with escalating medical and supportive care needs. Fair Share Northgate II is at the cutting edge of the “housing plus services” movement which aims to help residents remain independent in their homes for as long as possible and manage their health effectively.

    Published in LeadingAge Magazine on August 31st, 2015 Northgate II | View PDF

  • A Look at ‘Mount Laurel’ Ruling 40 Years Later

    When the landmark Mount Laurel housing ruling was handed down 40 years ago, the three Camden lawyers who had argued the novel discrimination case had to retrieve the written opinion to see what the New Jersey Supreme Court had decided. No one had called with congratulations, and there was no Internet to offer immediate access or reaction. “We sat on the loading dock” of the warehouse where their office was, “with our legs hanging over the edge, and Carl read it and said, ‘We won!’ ” FSHD Founder and Executive Director Peter J. O’Connor recalled. He also remembered his profound disbelief.

    Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on May 6th, 2015 | View PDF

  • FSHD Founder Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from NJ Law Journal

    FSHD Founder and Executive Director Peter J. O’Connor has been selected as one of 25 lawyers to receive the inaugural 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey Law Journal. Peter will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 27, 2015.

    Published in New Jersey Law Journal on May 6th, 2015 | View PDF

  • No More Delays on New Jersey Housing

    Fair Share Housing Development’s Ethel R. Lawrence Homes got praise again from The New York Times in a recently published editorial decrying the Christie Administration for its opposition to the Mount Laurel Doctrine. The New York Times cited a Princeton University study which described our flagship development as a “pathway out of poverty.”

    Published in New York Times on December 27th, 2014 | View PDF

  • Three ERLH Teens Win Top Honors at High School

    Three of our teens have been singled out by their teachers for a 2014 “People’s Choice Award” from Lenape High School. These awesome young people were praised at a ceremony on May 14, 2014 for their maturity, honesty, compassion, enthusiasm and even for helping one educator become “a better teacher, a better parent and a better person.”

    Published in Lenape High School on June 9th, 2014 | View PDF

  • Bridging the Gap between JVC and Civil Engineering

    Our 2013-2014 Jesuit Volunteer Olivia McCracken explains why she wanted to start a Lego Club at the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

    Published in Inside JVCNews, reflections, and insights from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on February 14th, 2014 | View PDF

  • Expanding Support to Enable Aging in Place

    The Innovations Fund aims to advance creative programs that bring housing and services together to allow people to age safely and affordably in the places they call home. Through the generosity of LeadingAge members and a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation, seven organizations have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 each for 2014. The wellness program at Northgate II is highlighted as one of the grant recipients.

    Published in Leading Age Magazine on January 31st, 2014 | View PDF

  • Mount Laurel Lives On

    New Jersey’s Mount Laurel Doctrine, originating in local exclusionary zoning, has again reach the state’s Supreme Court. PEL Reporter Stuart Meck shares the long and complicated history of the doctrine, its implementation through the Council on Affordable Housing, the council’s controversial changes to local affordable housing requirements, the state’s attempt to appropriate local housing trust funds, and Governor Christie’s attempts to dissolve the council.

    Published in American Planning Association’s Planning and Environmental Law on January 1st, 2014 | View PDF

  • Study Shows the Benefits of Affordable Housing: Guest Opinion

    As the issue of affordable housing has become increasingly contentious in New Jersey, Princeton University has published an especially timely book, Climbing Mount Laurel, which refutes the widespread belief that the expansion of affordable housing adversely affects communities where it happens, by increasing crime and other social costs while dragging down nearby property rates.

    Published in Star-Ledger on December 20th, 2013 | View PDF