The Princeton community has a long history of providing housing opportunities for residents from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Princeton’s commitment to affordable housing predates the mandates of the Mount Laurel decisions and the Fair Housing Act of 1985. Efforts to provide affordable housing date back to 1938 with the creation of the Princeton Housing Authority. Since then, public, private and partnership efforts have been initiated in Princeton to provide affordable housing.
The Princeton community remains committed to providing affordable housing in conformance with Uniform Housing Affordability Control (UHAC) requirements and the Fair Housing Act. Princeton seeks to develop and implement rental and sales programs that are equitable, fair and continue to provide affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households.
Municipal Housing Liaison
The primary purpose of the Municipal Housing Liaison is to ensure that all affordable housing projects are established and administered according to the Regulations as outlined in an Operating Manual. The duties of the Municipal Housing Liaison include the following duties, and may include the responsibilities for providing administrative services as described in the next Section under, Responsibilities of an Administrative Agent.
The Municipal Housing Liaison is responsible for coordinating all the activities of the municipal government as it relates to the creation and administration of affordable housing units, in conjunction with the Municipal Attorney, where appropriate (see Responsibilities of the Municipal Attorney).
All of Princeton’s affordable sales are resales of existing units. Princeton’s Third Round Plan does not include any new sales units. In order for an affordable unit to be listed for sale, the owner must send a letter or email to the Municipal Housing Liaison indicating their desire to sell. The owner is required to market the unit or they can choose to hire an agent to work for them or sell their home on their own.
The Municipal Housing Liaison serves as an initial point of contact for unsolicited calls to the municipality about affordable housing and where appropriate directs applicants to the Administrative Agent. Those interested in affordable rentals should log onto www.Princetonnj.gov to complete a Preapplication for affordable rentals. It is available in both English and Spanish.