Kilmer Homes 120 Apartments For
Low-income and Homeless Families
On March 31, 2016, the Kilmer Homes I & II partners celebrated a ribbon cutting event. Over 75 representatives of the partnership, funders, federal, state and local officials, service providers and tenants attended the event.
The ribbon cutting celebrated the grand opening of 120 newly constructed affordable apartments, apartments for homeless families, and the redevelopment of the former U.S. Army Camp Kilmer. Camp Kilmer officially closed in 2009.
Paul Myer, who lives in Kilmer Homes with his wife and two young children, shared his story with Fios1 news.
“He is living proof of how the complex has changed the course of people’s lives. About 1 ½ years ago, the company he worked for went under. Paul and his family were forced to live in a shelter where they watched the complex being built. Now they live at Kilmer Homes and he has a full time job.”
“Not a lot of people are given opportunities for second chances like this.”
Said Paul Myer.
Kilmer Homes was funded in part through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Despite continued pressure to reduce its federal funding, the 42-year-old CDBG program continues to positively impact communities and their citizens.
The ribbon cutting coincides with National Community Development Week. Kilmer Homes exemplifies how federal funding, specifically CDBG funding, can effectively create affordable housing.
“Edison is proud to be a community of inclusion; home to people of various cultures, ethnicities, faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds. Kilmer Homes I & II is a significant step in our effort to provide new, safe and attractive affordable housing to meet the housing needs of people with lower-and moderate incomes, including our seniors and veterans.”
Mayor Thomas Lankey said.
“Kilmer Homes is a welcome addition to New Jersey’s 6th District which will have a positive impact on our community. Kilmer Homes is a vibrant housing community that will provide affordable housing to residents I am so pleased that funds from the Sandy Aid package could help make this project a reality, and I applaud all those who worked to see this project through to completion.”
Said U.S. Representative Frank Pallone (D-6.)
The development helps Middlesex County towards meeting the goals in its plan to end homelessness.
“By providing a veteran preference and renting 30 apartments to homeless families, Kilmer Homes is assisting HUD in reaching its goal of eliminating homelessness and veteran homelessness in New Jersey. HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Continuum of Care homeless services, and Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding also contributed to this project, and I am pleased that Kilmer Homes has given a preference to Hurricane Sandy victims in need of a permanent place to call home.”
Said Maria Maio-Messano, HUD New Jersey Field Office Director.