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Gail Levinson

Gail Levinson

Gail Levinson is the Executive Director of SHA. Before becoming director of SHA, Gail directed the nonprofit organization, Arts Unbound, which provides skills building and earnings opportunities in the visual arts for students and emerging artists with disabilities in NJ. Gail has worked in the disability community her entire professional career serving as Director of Policy and Legislation for the Mental Health Association in NJ, Director of Advocacy for the Community Health Law Project, Liaison to the AIDS Community at the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann La Roche, and Team Leader for the NJ Children's Initiative. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. Her interests and goals have always gravitated toward improving community access and opportunities for people living with special needs.

Appellate Court disappoints in ruling on Mt Laurel Gap Period 
 
Yesterday the Appellate Division issued its ruling on the gap period, a contested issue by hundreds of municipalities that have argued they are not responsible for creating housing during an approximate 15 year period (1999 - 2015) when little housing production took place. The court reversed a lower court decision that required towns to include the gap period along with present and future housing needs. While municipal housing plans will continue to be adopted statewide, this decision has served to reduce the number of overall housing units that will be approved.
 
SHA has voiced continued concern that municipalities are using various arguments to lower their overall housing obligation at a time when people of very low, low and moderate incomes need safe and decent places to live. Studies have demonstrated that a majority of renters are overburdened by the high cost of housing in NJ and that there is an insufficient amount of affordable homes available for those in need. The court's decision will serve to further delay and reduce the amount of housing that is built in NJ. This ruling, in our view, is inconsistent with the spirit and purpose of Mt Laurel.  We are extremely disappointed in the court's decision and its effect on thousands of people with disabilities.  
 
Gail Levinson
SHA Executive Director  
 
For more information see:
Link to articles-
Asbury Park Press article
Philly.com article
 

 

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| October 6, 2015

Finding places to live for the poorest citizens, and for those with special needs, is essential to building a diverse community

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Gail Levinson

The League of Municipalities released two commissioned reports that serve to advise judges, developers, and other housing experts on its position relative to the Mount Laurel doctrine and the establishment of formulas for the production of low- and moderate-income housing as per the Mount Laurel doctrine and the New Jersey Fair Housing Act.

Of concern to the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA) is the reports’ recommendation that people living on extremely low incomes, less than 20 percent of area median income, be excluded from state housing-policy requirements because their incomes are too low to afford an affordable rent. So where will they live?

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SHA applauds Mayor DeBlasio and the city of New York for requiring affordable housing in all future development projects! — Gail Levinson, SHA

“…In the most forceful remarks yet of an administration determined to reshape the cityscape, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top planning official declared on Friday that affordable units will be a requirement for any future real estate project requiring a zoning change from the city.”

Click here to read the New York Times article.

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