TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Raymond J. Lesniak and Barbara Buono which would establish a comprehensive program to transition foreclosed property into affordable housing was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 21-18.
“New Jersey is in the midst of a nearly unprecedented foreclosure crisis, and abandoned properties are exacerbating an already bad situation,” said Senator Lesniak, D-Union. “This bill would create a new tool for local officials and State agencies to clean up blighted neighborhoods and convert abandoned, foreclosed homes into affordable and market-rate housing. Through this legislation, we will be able to reclaim and renovate foreclosed properties in order to protect our communities from the downward economic spiral caused by urban and suburban blight.”
“Just one foreclosed property can have a negative impact on the property values of the rest of the homes on the block,” said Senator Buono. “This bill isn’t just about foreclosed properties or affordable homes – it’s about communities in crisis, and it affects all New Jersey residents, whether they live in a home in danger of foreclosure or not.”