Supportive Housing Honors CSPNJ Founder
On September 16, 2016, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc. (CSPNJ) dedicated their most recent supportive housing project in memory of Jacob (Jack) Bucher.
Jack was CSPNJ’s much-loved and missed founder and former executive director and consumer advocate. He followed the development of each and every housing project developed by CSPNJ and was always especially proud of the agency’s commitment to providing mental health peers with decent, stable, and affordable housing.
Speaking at the dedication were:
- Jody Silver, Executive Director, CSPNJ
- Victor Luna, Chief Financial Officer of CSPNJ and Executive Director of Community Enterprise Corporation (CEC)
- Anthony Marchetta, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)
- Maria Maio-Messano, Newark Field Office Director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Valerie Mielke, Director of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
- Brandon Nikola, Resident, CSPNJ and
- Richard W. Brown, CEO, Monarch Housing Associates,
All celebrated the grand opening of Jack’s Place, a three-story, 12-residence, rehabilitated apartment building. This affordable permanent supportive rental residence provides housing for 12 individuals with mental illness who may be homeless.
“This supportive housing is called Jack’s Place but every single supportive housing apartment should be called Jack’s Place,” said Richard W. Brown. “Without Jack’s leadership and vision supportive housing would not exist in NJ. Jack believed that Home Equals Life and dedicated his life to advocating for supportive housing.”
Jack’s Place involved the rehabilitation of an existing three-story masonry building containing 12 one-bedroom apartments. Eight of the units were funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 Supportive Housing program, while four of the units were funded through the NJHCPP Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services program.
Jack’s Place is located near public schools, a library, police, and volunteer fire and rescue services.
CSPNJ is the developer and social service provider for Jack’s Place. CSPNJ will provide a comprehensive support service program including financial services and assistance with education, employment, and community activities.
The goal is for CSPNJ to help tenants make arrangements for the community-based services to assist them with wellness and recovery, peer support and community services within a consumer’s immediate housing, community and culture.
“HMFA is so pleased to contribute to the financing for Jack’s Place,” said HMFA Executive Director Marchetta. “By providing funding from the Agency’s NJHCPP DMHS Program Fund we are able to ensure safe, decent housing for 12 more of Camden County’s special needs individuals – some of whom may be homeless – with the critically needed support services that will help them in their day-to-day living.”
- HMFA provided nearly $400,000 in construction and permanent financing from the New Jersey Community Housing Partnership Program Component (NJHCPP) of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHS) Program Fund,
- HUD provided $1.24 Million in capital funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 811 Supportive Housing Program.
- The HUD Section 811 project based housing subsidies provide rental assistance for extremely low-income persons with disabilities.
Monarch Housing Associates was a proud development partner in this important project. The development team also included:
- Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey – Developer and Service Provider
- Community Enterprise Corporation – Property Manager
- Andora and Romano, LLC – Attorney
- Becica and Associates – Architect
- DeSimone Construction – General Contractors