Public-Private Partnership Using Vouchers for the Homeless
The Sentinel, covering Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, recently highlighted the 120 Kilmer Homes apartments set to open soon.
Thirty of these new apartments will be for homeless households.
“Kilmer Homes promises to be a positive community asset. These new apartments will comfortably accommodate middle- and lower-income people and families, people with disabilities and people who were previously homeless, including homeless veterans.”
The Edison Housing Authority committed Housing Choice Vouchers, formerly Section 8 rental vouchers, for the 30 units for homeless households. The vouchers allow the supportive housing tenants to pay no more than 30 percent of their household income toward housing costs, according to Monarch.
It is estimated that due to sequestration, 1,578 fewer families in NJ are using housing choice vouchers as of July 2014. The President’s 2016 Budget request includes 67,000 vouchers to restore the vouchers lost to sequestration. These 67,000 vouchers are critical to the public-private partnerships for developments like Kilmer Homes and ending homelessness in New Jersey.
“My hope is that the same type of public-private partnership — which secured substantial state and federal monies to build Kilmer Homes here — will become a model to provide affordable housing in other New Jersey communities.”
Lankey said of the project, which is part of the township’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) plan.