Kilmer Homes Highlights Public/Private Partnerships

Congressman Pallone, NJHMFA and Local Media
Praise New Affordable Housing

Maria Maio-Messano

(L to R) Maria Maio-Messano and Richard W. Brown

The June 30, 2014, the groundbreaking ceremony for Kilmer Homes received recognition from the local media, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) and the Office of Congressman Frank Pallone. This attention highlights the federal, state and local partnership that helped bring this critically needed new affordable housing to fruition.

Quoting from news coverage in My Central Jersey,

“Richard Brown, Monarch Housing Associates chief executive officer, said living in the complex might be the first time that the homeless have a place to call home.

These are significant, transformative experiences,’ Brown said. ‘It will allow those who live at Kilmer Homes to dream the impossible, to live lives of meaning and value. Housing is critical to ending homelessness. Housing is critical to building a better economy in New Jersey. Housing is what makes the difference.’”

In his letter, congratulating Kilmer Homes’ partners on this important project, Congressman Pallone wrote,

“The coordination between public and private entities should serve as a model that government and business can work together to mutually benefit the local community. I am committed to continuing my work in the House of Representatives to ensure that families have necessary resources for sustainable living.”

Alex Maldonado from Pallone’s office was on hand to read the letter at the event.

In the NJHMFA press release:

“Kilmer Homes will empower working families, the homeless, as well as Sandy-impacted households in the Edison area, including Woodbridge, Sayreville, and South River, to live in safe, decent, and permanent housing. Sandy recovery programs like FRM and SSNHF help rebuild and restore a lasting foundation for New Jersey after the storm, one housing community at a time.”

Said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III, who also serves as Chairman of the HMFA.

And NJHMFA’s leader echoed similar praise,

“We are so pleased to use the state’s Sandy recovery funds to finance both phases of Kilmer Homes, which truly represent HMFA’s core mission to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing in New Jersey. This project will transform a vacant military base into a vibrant housing community that better meets the needs of Edison, while creating jobs, enhancing the town, and attracting further economic development to the area.”

Said HMFA Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta.

And local leadership spoke about how Kilmer Homes fits in with larger redevelopment plans.

“Edison Council President Robert Karabinchak said the 120-housing complex is the first step in redeveloping the area.

He said there also are plans to convert an old building on the Camp Kilmer site into a new community recreational center and the Edison Board of Education has plans to convert another building.”

According to My Central Jersey.

The groundbreaking celebrated the construction of 120 new affordable apartments including 30 permanent and supportive housing apartments for homeless families, and the redevelopment of the former Camp Kilmer site.

The development parties include:

  • The Edison Affordable Housing, Inc.,
  • The Alpert Group, a for-profit developer; and
  • Monarch Housing Associates, a statewide non-profit supportive housing development organization.

Kilmer RisingThe Alpert Group and the Edison Housing Authority will provide on-going property management services and Triple C Housing Inc., the supportive services partner will provide case management for the homeless units and coordinate support services, which will be provided by a wide range of community groups partnering to serve the homeless populations.

Click here for Congressman Pallone’s letter.

Click here for the NJHMFA press release.

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Click here for My Central Jersey’s news coverage.

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