Demonstrators call for more N.J. affordable housing

    New Jersey lawmakers are being urged to make affordable housing a priority.

    New Jersey lawmakers are being urged to make affordable housing a priority.

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    Thousands of people are homeless in New Jersey and affordable housing advocates say they’re concerned there may not be enough money or the political will to help those most in need. Adam Gordon, a staff attorney with the Fair Share Housing Center, wants the state to enforce laws that require affordable housing in towns.

    Gordon: We really have some of the nation’s strongest laws that require towns to get out of the way when groups like Habitat for Humanity and other groups come in and want to do something. We’re concerned about the Governor-elect saying that he’s going to gut a lot of those laws and we really do not want to see that happen in a time of great need.

    With high unemployment and home foreclosures, Gordon says more people are losing their houses and are ending up in homeless shelters.

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