[HISTORY: 1988 Code §§ 98-1—98-12 adopted as amended through December 31, 2013 and further amended by Ord. No. 6-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township of Wayne Housing Improvement Program is designed to provide funding opportunities for owners of substandard housing located in the Township so as to bring such housing up to code standards and provide safe and decent living quarters for low- and moderate-income households.
The Housing Improvement Program shall be administered in accordance with the Wayne Township Housing Improvement Program Manual.
Funding for the Housing Improvement Program shall be provided by the Township in accordance with the funding schedule.
At least $4,000 shall be allocated per housing unit, all of which shall be allocated to capital costs. The Township may improve deficient units that meet the criteria herein even if the actual capital costs are less than $4,000.
Each housing unit to be improved shall be considered substandard and shall be improved to standard condition in accordance with requirements of the Uniform Construction Code of New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
Affordability controls shall be in effect for a period of at least 6 years for owner-occupied units.
The affordability controls for each housing unit shall be set forth by deed restriction. The deed restriction for each improved housing unit shall be placed on file in the office of the Passaic County Register of Deeds and Mortgages.
In the event that an owner-occupied unit is sold to an ineligible household by reason of income during the 6-year period, all municipal funds expended for the improvement of that unit shall be returned to the municipality, and another substandard unit occupied by an income eligible household shall be improved. A lien shall be placed upon said unit for a 6-year period as provided for in §§ 98-6 and 98-7.
[Ord. No. 6-2016]
The Township shall administer the program with a designated Housing Administrator appointed by the Mayor.
[Ord. No. 6-2016]
The Housing Administrator appointed pursuant to Chapter 213 (Affordable Housing Regulations) of the Code of the Township of Wayne shall be responsible for marketing and outreach to locate eligible units and occupants, as well as the implementation of the improvement program.
To the extent feasible, at least half of all improved units shall be occupied by low-income households.
The Housing Improvement Program shall be implemented within 6 months of the termination of the current Housing Rehabilitation Program and the satisfaction of its obligation under the Fair Share Housing Plan. (See Ch. 214, Rehabilitation Component of Fair Share Plan.)