Before displaying the analysis of Passaic county, I need to revise one of my previous posts. The reason why Vineland did not fit the pattern as well as the other municipalities had shown is because Vineland does not actually meet my criteria of receiving more than $10,000,000 in Municipal aid as well as more than $100,000,000 in educational aid. Vineland does meet the educational aid requirement by receiving $135,247,239 in 2012/2013, however it only received $6,190,788 in municipal aid during 2012/2013. Even though this review of information helps explain why Vineland does not fit the pattern of concentration of affordable housing, we can assume that Vineland could very soon fit all criteria in this study, considering it is less than $4 million away from the $10 million checkpoint, and also considering that Vineland currently embodies 40% of Cumberland County’s affordable housing units, which is still very high.
Moving forward to Passaic County now, my results have yielded some interesting conclusions. Passaic City, which received $224,983,917 in educational aid as well as $12,545,482 in municipal aid, only holds 12.3% of the total units of affordable housing in Passaic County. This I believe is due to the fact that within the same county, and relatively close in proximity, is Paterson City. Paterson received $397,980,917 in Educational Aid as well as $55,391,868 in municipal aid in 2012/2013. After consolidating the data for Passaic County’s Guide to Affordable Housing, I’ve found that Paterson City holds 54.6% of the county’s total units, as well as 66.7% of FAM developments. This shows how the pattern gets somewhat skewed when more than one “municipality of concern” exists in the same county. Below, I have the graph of distribution as usual, however, take note of the bottom text.
I included the amount of affordable housing units in Passaic City at the bottom. Out of the 4,473 affordable housing units that remain in Passaic County outside of Paterson City, 1,216 of them(27.2%) reside in Passaic City. The concentration in Passaic City ( a city of 3.2 sq. miles) is still not as high as Vineland, which does not meet the original aid criteria. However while existing with Paterson City ( a city of 8.7 sq. miles) within the same County, a total of 12.3% is a higher number than it seems, especially when West Milford (a city of 80 sq. miles) only holds 1.3% of all affordable housing units in Passaic County and 0.0% of FAM developments.
Now it is true that the total populations of these three municipalities are extremely different. West Milford has approximately 26,000 residents, Paterson City has roughly 145,200 residents, and Passaic City has about 70,218 residents. Some would argue that the distribution of affordable housing is so drastically different because of the population differences. They would argue that of course there is more affordable housing in Paterson and Passaic versus West Milford simply because there are more people in Paterson and Passaic while there are less people in West Milford.
I argue the opposite. I believe that the populations are so drastically different because of the locations of affordable housing. I argue that there are higher populations in Paterson and Passaic versus less in West Milford because of a difference in availability of affordable housing throughout the county.