New Jersey is an extremely expensive state, and even those with good, full-time jobs struggle to find an affordable place to live. Responses to this week’s poll indicate that their struggle may continue. Nearly half (45%) of the responses say that their communities have adopted a ‘Not in My Back Yard’ stance when it comes to affordable housing. An almost equal number (41%) say that education has helped, but affordable housing is not yet widely accepted by residents in their area. A mere 14% say their community embraces it. Lori Grifa, a partner in the law firm Wolff & Samson in West Orange discusses how the community of non-residential developers views affordable housing:

“Generally, the non-residential developers I represent don’t object to participating in the process of providing affordable housing in some respect. However, the new regulations that have been proposed threaten to derail non-residential development in New Jersey because they are so burdensome.

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