A ruling from a Superior Court judge delivered on Thursday spells out Princeton's affordable housing obligations. Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson ruled that towns must meet fair housing needs totaling more than 150,000 units, statewide. Specifically, Princeton must build 753 new affordable housing units by 2025.

The number of required affordable housing units in municipalities statewide has been in dispute, and often in litigation, since 1999. In 2015, authority concerning setting affordable housing requirements for municipalities throughout the state fell on the courts.

This is the third round of affordable housing requirements that have been issued since two court decisions in the 1970s established that municipalities must have an affordable housing aspect to their master plans. In the prior round, Princeton's obligation was set at 641 homes. The judge determined that the current need is 80. The prospective need is 365, and the gap is 388, making for a final number of 753.

Princeton had been arguing that its need should be about 300 units, and joined other Mercer County towns in challenging their legal obligations in court. The decision was announced on Thursday, and a compliance hearing is scheduled for July 24....

If you are unsure of the affordable property you wish to apply to in Princeton, you can now use the online Universal Application Form!

All Princeton Community Housing rental units and the Housing Authority of Princeton rental units are noted on the application.

ENGLISH - Universal Rental Application

SPANISH - Universal Rental Application

A recent editorial in the New York Times encourages the federal government to restructure its own programs so that more affordable housing is built in low-poverty, high opportunity neighborhoods.

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The Municipality of Princeton and Princeton Community Housing (PCH) were awarded the 2014 OUTSTANDING MUNICIPAL PARTNER AWARD from the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNNJ) on December 10th.