May 16 event - The Color of Law and How to End Segregation and Advance Fair Housing
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Monarch Housing Associates in partnership with Seton Hall
University Law School, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, and NJ Institute for Social
Justice will host a Public Policy Forum on The Color of Law. The Public Policy Forum
keynote speaker and author Richard Rothstein will present the national research in
his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America,
and take questions from the audience.
An op-ed published by Professor Paula Franzese on April 3, 2018 in The Star Ledger
sets forth the importance of these housing issues.
Our State's courts have become inundated with eviction actions, as tenants struggle
to make ends meet. In Newark alone, tenant evictions affect 30,000 residents annually,
destabilizing families and neighborhoods, targeting the most vulnerable and compounding
the crisis in homelessness.
A safe place to call home is a human right. When a tenant is displaced, a parade of
horribles follows in the form of economic loss, trauma, illness, physical and emotional
stress and, most tragically, homelessness.
Homelessness comes at a high cost to already strapped government budgets. It costs
more to provide temporary shelter than it does to subsidize sustainable affordable
housing and prevent wrongful evictions in the first place.