I am both a beneficiary and benefactor of affordable housing in Newark. My parents both played key roles in organizing and implementing the first wave of low income and affordable housing in the City of Newark more than 50 years ago and in so doing, they created the template for many of the community development organizations, which have and continue to do business in the City of Newark.
I was also born and raised in housing originally built for low-income families, so I am deeply rooted in the sensitivities of this subject matter.
As such, I had a front row seat to the fundamental inner workings of Newark’s earliest iterations of providing housing for its low and moderate-income families. I have a keen appreciation for the challenges and complications in setting strategy and policy to make such an effort successful.