In the News

  • 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

  • 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