Color of the Law

May 16 event - The Color of Law and How to End Segregation and Advance Fair Housing in NJ



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.

View the agenda, learn more about this event and register.  


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.

Read the rest of Tenants should have the right to legal representation before eviction.