Brand-new, permanent, supportive homes will soon be available to women and children affected by domestic violence in the City of New Brunswick.
Surrounded by friends and supporters, Town Clock CDC cut the ribbon on Dina’s Dwellings on February 11, signaling the beginning of a brand-new chapter for the historic First Reformed Church.
Dina’s Dwellings consists of 10 units to house women and their children as they move on from situations of domestic violence. They will be supported with social services to assist them with their mental and physical health, education, care of their children and employment. They will pay about a third of their rent with the rest to be supplemented by housing vouchers and will be permitted to stay as long as needed.
This $3.4 million project was coordinated by Town Clock CDC in cooperation with Bergen County United Way and Madeline Housing Partners LLC. It was supported in part with more than $800,000 in HOME funds, furnished by the City of New Brunswick. Additional funds have been pledged by NJ-HMFA Community Block Development Grant Disaster Relief Funds, Bergen County United Way, a Planning Grant from the NJ Historic Trust, a Johnson & Johnson Planning Grant and private donations.
The structure was named after Dina Van Bergh, wife of leading pastor John Frelinghuysen and a strong and resilient female leader in the church’s history.