Home News, Sentinel and NJBiz Report on Kilmer Homes Groundbreaking
Freeholder Valenti and Richard W. Brown
The June 30, 2014, the groundbreaking ceremony for Kilmer Homes received recognition from the Home News Tribune, The Edison Sentinel and NJBiz. This attention highlighted the critical need for new affordable housing and the federal, state and local partnership that helped bring this to fruition.
Kilmer Homes has been an integral part of the Middlesex County’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, and the 30 units reserved for the homeless will be a major step in ending homelessness in Middlesex County.
“This is a perfect example of how a variety of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs — housing choice vouchers, HOME Investment Partnership Programs (HOME), Sandy recovery funds and the Continuum of Care can work together to create permanent, affordable and supportive housing as well as help to achieve the goals and objectives of the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness.”
“We are so pleased to use the state’s Sandy recovery funds to finance both phases of Kilmer Homes, which truly represents HMFA’s [the state Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency] 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.”
“HMFA estimates that the project will generate about $58.6 million in one-time economic output and create about 350 full-time jobs during construction, the agency said. Upon completion, it will provide a projected $6.5 million in ongoing economic output and an estimated 37 full-time jobs annually.”
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.
Monarch Housing Associates, a statewide non-profit supportive housing development organization.
Richard W. Brown, William Waldman and Leslie Stivale
The 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.