- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling in the more than 40-year-old debate over affordable housing.

Wednesday’s decision stems from arguments made in November over whether towns have an obligation to provide homes that weren’t built during a 16-year period when the state agency in charge of setting the requirements failed to do so.

The Fair Share Housing Center, which contends towns cannot disregard the requirements, argued the obligations are “cumulative and gapless.”

An attorney representing the towns said the law applies only to present and prospective needs.

Under a series of rulings in the 1970s, the court found New Jersey towns are required to provide a “fair share” of housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

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