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A new state law, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy (D) in March, defines accessory dwelling units as affordable housing. ADUs are built on the same lot as a single-family home and include in-law suites, garage apartments and backyard cottages.
Soaring housing costs are a growing concern for older residents of Ocean County. One solution in the works: The county—which just joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities—plans to start a home-sharing program that would help older people find a housemate to defray costs.
AARP New Jersey applauds Governor Murphy and the NJ Legislature for expanding access to affordable housing to help older New Jersey residents stay in their homes and communities.
AARP supports critical property tax relief for older adults, funding to expand affordable housing options and efforts to increase financial security in retirement.
Expanding Housing Options and Affordable Housing
We applaud Governor Murphy for signing bipartisan legislation that will change Medicaid’s eligibility process, so seniors aren’t forced into nursing homes while waiting for Medicaid approval.
Applications are currently being accepted through March 6, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT
Urges Governor Murphy to Swiftly Enact S3495/A4049 to Expand Timely Access to Home and Community-Based Services
Read more about additional property tax relief for older New Jerseyans, including a new program, StayNJ, that will go into effect in 2026.
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