Affordable Housing Updates

How to Apply for Affordable Housing


For information about purchasing an affordable home in Scotch Plains, please visit  


On the website, you will be able to:


  • Complete a preliminary application
  • Find out income guidelines
  • Join waiting lists
  • See current listings of home for sale and rent.

If you have additional questions, you may leave a message at 609-664-2769, ext 5 or email


Click on the flyer for more information.

Mayor Al Smith Speaks at Public Hearing in Trenton

Mayor Al Smith spoke in Trenton on July 25th at a public hearing on the state-imposed affordable housing requirements. The hearing was hosted by the Assembly of Housing and Community Development Committee. 

Click here to read Mayor Smith's testimony. 

Affordable Housing Legislation

The Mayor and Township Council are committed to finding ways to reform the affordable housing process to make it fairer and more realistic for municipalities. State Legislation is required to reform the affordable housing process.


One example is Assembly Bill A-1648, which will reform the affordable housing process to establish additional factors for municipal adjustment used in calculating fair share affordable housing obligations and provide for a population-based cap for these obligations. Please contact Tom Strowe at (908) 322-6700 ext 317 or for any questions.

Settlement Agreement Between Scotch Plains and Fair Share Housing

Please click here to view the Settlement Agreement Between the Township of Scotch Plains and Fair Share Housing Center January, 2018.

Affordable Housing Powerpoint Presentation

Township Planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants presented on the Affordable Housing Settlement Agreement in front of the Township Council at the Council Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 16.


Click here to view the Powerpoint Presentation. 

Affordable Housing Background Info & History

The affordable housing or Mount Laurel doctrine, started with the 1975 decision by the N.J. Supreme Court involving the Township of Mount Laurel (So. Burl. Cty. N.A.A.C.P v. Tp. of Mt. Laurel, 67 N.J. 151 (1975) or “Mount Laurel I”). In Mount Laurel I, the Supreme Court decided that under the State Constitution, each municipality “must, by its land use regulations, make realistically possible the opportunity for an appropriate variety and choice of housing for all categories of people who may desire to live there”, including those of low and moderate income. Thus, the Mount Laurel I decision prohibits municipalities from using zoning powers to prevent the potential for the development of affordable housing.


Click here to download the full document with the entire background and history of Affordable Housing. 

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