Wealthy towns must have affordable homes

Rich communities should not be allowed to outsource their obligation to provide affordable housing.
A plan to stop packing affordable housing into cities is running into opposition from New Jersey League of Municipalities members. Contending the organization is concerned about urban areas losing rehabilitation funds, the league is pushing hard to defeat a proposal by Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts, D-Camden, to end regional contributions agreements. State officials opened this loophole to allow wealthy towns to get out of providing up to 50 percent of their fair share of affordable housing mandated under the Mount Laurel court decisions.

Some urban leaders, concerned about being cut off from RCA money used to rehabilitate old housing stock in their communities, also have expressed concern about Roberts' bill.

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