NJDCA Releases New Guide To Affordable Housing

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SOUTH JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) recently announced that a new edition of the Guide to Affordable Housing has been released on the DCA website. The guide offers information on local government, fire safety, housing, amusement rides, licenses and registrations, and disaster recovery.

“This guide is a helpful resource for those looking for information on affordable and special needs housing developments in New Jersey,” Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who also serves as DCA Commissioner, said in a press release from the state. “The Department continues to add resources to the Data Hub and remains committed to serving as an information clearinghouse for the community.”

The guide is a compendium of affordable housing developments that include income- and age-restricted housing, as well as housing developments for individuals with special needs. It also lists affordable housing developments by county and municipality. Each development listing includes the location, type of housing, tenure, total number of affordable housing units, agent contact information, housing program funding source, and website. A key with definitions is provided to help users navigate the information. A listing of websites of developers and organizations that build and support affordable housing in New Jersey is also available, as well as private and nonprofit developers, and organizations that address housing for former inmates and individuals with special needs.

The data, which is not a comprehensive list, is compiled from multiple sources including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). The guide also includes affordable housing units mandated by the Mount Laurel doctrine, and units listed by nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing developers.

DCA’s Division of Codes and Standards establishes and enforces building codes, in partnership with the State’s municipalities, to protect the health and safety of New Jersey residents.

DCA offers a wide range of programs and services, including energy assistance, housing vouchers, affordable housing production, fire and building safety, community planning and development, local government management and finance, and disaster recovery and mitigation.

The guide, prepared by DCA’s Division of Codes and Standards, can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/publications/guide.html.

For more information about DCA, visit https://nj.gov/dca/.

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