DeFusco, Falco announce upcoming affordable housing plans for Hoboken


1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco and Councilwoman-at-Large Vanessa Falco have announced some upcoming affordable housing plans for Hoboken, which will begin with a community meeting about the construction of a new complex for low-income residents.

Hoboken 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco and Councilwoman-at-Large Vanessa Falco. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As a lifelong resident of Hoboken, I’ve witnessed first hand the cost of living skyrocket in Hoboken over the past two decades, forcing countless families to make the difficult decision to move out of their hometown,” Falco, the council vice president and the chair of the Affordable Housing Subcommittee, said in a joint statement.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the affordability crisis our city faces and by working collaboratively with the mayor, the city council will ensure anyone who calls Hoboken home can continue to do so, regardless of their economic class.”

A virtual community meeting organized by Falco will be held tomorrow evening to discuss a proposal to build a five-story building at the corner of Willow Avenue and 11th Street.

The structure would potentially be designated entirely as affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals over the age of 55.

The Zoom call will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will stream live on Facebook and YouTube.

Anyone wishing to attend can do so by entering meeting ID: 827 4083 9295 and passcode: 237450 or by phone call: 646-876-9923.

Additionally, Falco and DeFusco say they are working closely to update the city’s zoning code to incentivize more affordable housing citywide.

Local legislation that will be ready for a council vote in early 2021 follows recommendations from Hoboken’s 2018 Master Plan.

“Hoboken’s greatest strength is in its diversity of residents and unfortunately, dated zoning laws have long prevented us from creating additional affordable housing options and opportunities for new small businesses,” DeFusco, the chair of the Zoning Subcommittee, added.

“This is a city for everyone, not just the wealthy, and by revising dated zoning laws to work better for all residents, Hoboken can build its middle class and entice makers, creators and innovators to bring their talents into our community.”

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  1. Maybe Falco should stop applying for a new affordable apartment for herself when she and her family have one Already?!
    And that’s before we talk about her relatives with 6 figure city payrolls and pensions while living in towers meant for the neediest?

    Shouldn’t they worry about the crumbling HHA apartments and millionaires in Marineview ?

    • If this plan goes forward, I am told Councilwoman Falco will be just old enough when finished to give up her rent controlled apartment in Pupi Raia’s Citadel building and move into this new senior building on Eleventh Street.

  2. Let’s not talk about this plan is based on giving away of a city asset worth six million dollars.

    Very odd considering how both Fallco and DeFusco pretend to make a big deal over small budget items. Could it be they are both up for election next year ?

  3. So you’re saying that she’s not supposed to try to get housing for underserved people in Hoboken because of what other family members make? She’s responsible for her self and her family not any other family members that may live in Towers with Six Figures. I’m sure that there are others so don’t just use Falco.

    • Councilwoman Falco is a public official and should not be advancing any project that would benefit herself and or her family.

      The history of handing out cheap apartments to Hoboken political insiders is well known.

      • Following that logic, Councilwoman Jabbour shouldn’t participate in Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America because she has children. Mayor Zimmer should have never have championed the Southwest Park because it served the neighborhood that she lived in or Rebuild By Design because her home flooded during Sandy or pushed for bike lanes because she rode a bike.

  4. This is for all intents and purposes is a virtual, smoke and mirrors, meaningless political event that is being orchestrated by two City Councilperson and their media firm in an attempt to fill out their blank page of accomplishments while being in office.

      • Perhaps not now since he didn’t get to release the first press announcement, but the city council did vote on the designated developer that shows that the mayor’s development director must have been involved. The mayor has also been behind other plans to hand over city land to developers like the public works garage. Betting that piece of land is worth more than this parking lot on Willow and a decrepit pier that will continue to decompose into the river is a quintessential developer give-away to the benefit of a small group of people with Hudson River views. Seems like an ongoing strategy of this administration to hand over land to developers. I hope the meeting is televised so that I can watch all of Hoboken’s bleeding hearts lobby against it.