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For immediate release: April 6, 2004
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New Jersey's affordable housing to be discussed at symposium, April 16

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Public policy experts, developers, advocates for affordable housing and state and local elected officials will gather at Princeton University to discuss the state's affordable housing needs at the University's 2004 Symposium on New Jersey Issues on Friday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.

Douglas Massey, Princeton professor of sociology and public affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the event titled "Affordable Housing in New Jersey – Deconstructing the Past and Building for a Future." Massey, an expert in urban planning, has written extensively on urban policy, immigration, demography and social research methods.

His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the state of affordable housing in New Jersey and what government officials are doing to address the issue. Panelists will discuss the state's definition of affordable housing and whether it is serving the needs of middle-income workers. Other topics will include the impact of affordable housing on municipal budgets, school budgets, property tax implications and land-use concerns.

In addition to several New Jersey legislators, speakers scheduled to participate include:

  • Roland Anglin, executive director of the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute.
  • David Kinsey, affordable housing planner and visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Peter Reinhart, senior vice president and general counsel at Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. and a member of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing.
  • Edwin Schmierer, New Jersey land-use and municipal attorney and principal in the firm of Mason Griffin & Pierson.
  • John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton University Office of Community and State Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, e-mail Pam Hersh, director of Princeton's Office of Community and State Affairs, at hersh@princeton.edu.



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