Features Kilmer Homes Affordable Housing Success Story
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey released the annual Out of Reach Report at a press conference held at Kilmer Homes in Edison on May 19, 2015.
The event garnered press television, newspaper and radio coverage from across the state.
The FiOS1 news coverage featured an interview with Paul Myers who with his fiancée and baby son was formerly homeless before moving into Kilmer Homes earlier this month. Said Paul about moving into his new apartment, “We are a lot happier here. We have privacy again.” He spoke about how challenging it was to raise a baby living in a homeless shelter.
Kilmer Homes is a 120-unit affordable housing development includes 88 units of workforce housing and 30 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless families.
Monarch Housing is a proud Kilmer Homes development partner. Increased federal funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program can help make more supportive and affordable housing a priority in New Jersey.
Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey spoke about the positive impact that development of Kilmer Homes has had on his town:
“It was great that the federal government jumped in and we were able to acquire the property.”
NJ Advance Media reported that a renter in New Jersey must earn $25.17 an hour — or $52,347 a year — to afford the average fair-market rate of $1,309 for a two-bedroom rental.”
“’I sold everything piece by piece just to try to make ends meet,’ Myers, 26, said. ‘I couldn’t make it.’
Myers moved into a homeless shelter in October. But seven months later, Myers, his fiancée and their 8-month-old son live in a two-bedroom apartment in Kilmer Homes. The rent he pays now is based on his income.
Myers said he still works every day to pay his bills ‘but I at least pay the bills.’”
NJ 101.5 reported that:
“The Network’s senior policy coordinator, Arnold Cohen, said many people in New Jersey are using more than half of their income on rent and utilities.”