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By ARep | January 28th, 2013 - 3:11pm
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BROWN-AMODEO BILL TO AID VETERANS IN OBTAINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING SIGNED INTO LAW

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Chris A. Brown and John Amodeo, both R-Atlantic, that allows towns to meet their fair share housing obligation by giving veterans preference was signed into law today by Governor Christie.

The bill, S-829/A-1744, requires the Council on Affordable Housing to develop rules which may be similar to those already in place as provided to New Jersey veterans through the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

“Everyone in the military is proud to serve and defend our country, yet so many veterans face a plethora of challenges when they return to civilian life, finding affordable housing one of them,” said Brown. “These men and women who served with honor should have every opportunity to live with dignity in the community they so willingly protected through their military service. This new law will provide them with improved access to affordable housing which will make a dream come true for many of our state’s qualified veterans.”

“Adjusting to civilian life after leaving the military is not always easy,” said Amodeo. “With the end of the war in Iraq and the involvement in Afghanistan winding down, we anticipate about 100,000 veterans returning home. A veterans preference in accessing affordable housing is one way towns can meet their obligation and our state can help our returning veterans.”

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