Mind the Gap: The Importance of Providing Housing for All New Jerseyans

October 14, 2016
The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

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The future of Affordable Housing in New Jersey has been tangled up in the courts for years with no clear end in sight.  While policymakers, far removed from the daily struggles of low-income residents, work their way through this political stalemate many low and moderate-income residents struggle to find decent housing near job opportunities.  The state has focused so heavily on COAH that the more important issue of providing housing at a variety of price points and in the right locations is being overlooked.


New Jersey’s failure to plan for and provide housing at the right price is encouraging outmigration and affecting the economy.  The panel will discuss the ramifications of such shortfalls, the need to move forward with planning for affordable housing, and the benefits to neighborhood stability and investment when affordable housing is made available. New Jersey cannot afford to wait for the court’s decision, we must begin to plan for and provide a variety of housing choices for all New Jerseyans, including the middle class.



8:30 – 9:00 – Registration and networking continental breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 – Update and Overview of Recent Court Rulings – Henry Kent-Smith, Esq., Fox Rothschild

9:30 – 10:55  Panel Discussion

  • Judge Peter Buchsbaum, Esq.:  Retired,
  • James W. Hughes, Ph.D.:  Distinguised Professor and Dean, The Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
    Changing demographics and trends in New Jersey
  • Caren Franzini:  President, Franzini Consulting, LLC
    Using housing as a strategy to stabilize communities and attract investment
  • Charles Latini, PP, AICP:  Managing Partner, L&G Planning, LLC
    The benefits of planning for a variety of housing types
  • Arnold Cohen: Senior Policy Coordinator, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
    The important role of non-profits in providing housing

10:55 – 11:00 –  Closing Remarks – Ann Brady, PlanSmart NJ


We will gladly refund reservations until two weeks before the event.

We have applied for:
AICP CM Credits
NJ CLE Credit
RMC & CPWM Municipal Credits

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