In order to address the needs of the homeless population in Middlesex County, the City is working with non-profit developers including Triple C, Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation, , Women Aware, and Bergen County United Way/Madeline Corporation Partnership to develop supportive needs housing in the community.
Triple C has developed Promise House, a 2-story, 10-unit building, that will provide housing to recently homeless individuals and provide them with support services to prevent a reoccurrence of their homelessness. Pursuant to the 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. The City supported the project with $608,593 from its HOME Program.
Women Aware rehabilitated three (3) rental units, comprised of one two-bedroom unit, one three-bedroom unit and one four bedroom unit, to house low and very low income families that constitute the affordable housing development. The building, owned by non-profit Women Aware, 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 114,601.00 from its HOME Program.
The Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation rehabilitated two houses on Redmond Street for supportive needs housing. The City supported each house with $140,000 from its HOME Program.
Bergen County United Way and Madeline Corporation have leased from the First Reformed Church will begin construction on Dina’s Dwelling in 2014, which will convert church space to non-denominational use as ten (10) supportive needs rental housing units for victims of domestic violence. The City will support the project with $604,385 from its HOME Program.