Thursday, December 22, 2011

N.J. Housing Plan Running Low on Funds

TRENTON, N.J. -- The Christie administration announced Wednesday that it has $5.1 million in commitments from 12 municipalities around the state, including Wayne, to use affordable-housing trust fund money to provide community housing for developmentally disabled adults.
When combined with an equal amount of matching state funds, the resulting $10.2 million pool should be enough to purchase 20 homes, state officials said. Each of those homes will house a number of people with disabilities.
The effort is part of a state plan announced last May by Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa to build and renovate enough homes for 100 developmentally disabled adults this fiscal year and 600 by June 2013.
But unless the Legislature allocates millions of additional dollars next year, the state will be unable to continue providing matching funds and will fall short of its long-range goal, Grifa noted.

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