What is Supportive Needs Housing?
Supportive Housing is permanent, affordable housing that helps low-income people facing unique circumstances live more stable, productive lives. These unique circumstances may include persons with disabilities, the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Tenants of supportive housing are committed to making positive changes in their lives. Supportive housing residences are owned and operated by nonprofit organizations.
Projects in New Brunswick:
- Dina’s Dwelling, owned by Bergen County United Way and Madeline Corporation, transformed a portion of the sanctuary of the historic First Reformed Church into 10 homes for female victims of domestic violence and their children. The City has awarded the project with $889,563 from its HOME Program. Tenants will pay about one-quarter of their rent, with the rest to be provided by federal Department of Housing and Urban Development housing vouchers.
- This project was recognized in 2015 by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities with an “Innovation in Governance” Award.
Promise House, developed by Triple C Housing, is a 2-story, 10-unit building, that provides housing to recently homeless individuals. Additionally, it provides its residents with support services to prevent a reoccurrence of their homelessness. The City supported the project with $608,593 from its HOME Program. Pursuant to Middlesex County’s Plan to End Homelessness in 10 Years, this facility uses the Housing First concept to address the needs of homeless individuals. This strategy views homelessness as a symptom of other issues. The goal of Housing First is to provide the homeless with immediate housing and then provide them the services they need to address the causes of their homelessness.
- Women Aware rehabilitated three (3) rental units, to house low and very low income families that constitute the affordable housing development. The building will provide supportive needs housing for victims of domestic violence and their families in order to assist these women and their families to maintain self-sufficient lives. The City supported the project $114,601 from its HOME Program.
- The Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation rehabilitated two houses on Redmond Street for supportive needs housing for the chronically homeless population. The City supported each house with $140,000 from its HOME Program.