MORRIS TOWNSHIP — Homeless Solutions welcomed federal, state, and local officials to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of their newest property on Walnut Street in Morris Township. This development will provide permanent homes for two homeless families.
The property was financed in part by the New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency’s (NJHMFA) Special Needs Housing Trust Fund. Funding was also provided by the Morris Township Housing Trust Fund, Morris County HOME Program, TD Charitable Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation and HSI’s capital campaign donors. Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, who also serves as Chairperson of the NJHMFA Board, sent her well wishes, “Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this special home to fruition.”
The new two-story home sits on a formerly vacant lot and each apartment includes two bedrooms, living and dining rooms, a kitchen, laundry room and a full ADA compliant bathroom. The home also has front and rear porches. This is the first of three infill developments that HSI is bringing to the Second Ward/Collinsville neighborhoods of Morristown and Morris Township.
Shannon Muti, Family & Women’s Services Manager, shared background on one of the families who will be moving into the home. While in HSI’s Transitional Housing Program (THP), the mom suffered an injury at work and became permanently disabled. Time was running out for the family and THP staff was working diligently to find them a place to stay. “I finally got to say the words she’s been waiting 4½ years to hear, I have a home for you!”
Homeless Solutions is a private, non-profit organization with 35 years of experience in meeting the needs of those affected by homelessness in Morris County. Their mission is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people. HSI runs four shelter programs and a transitional housing program to help guests develop the skills to successfully return to independent living. As well as, the Mt. Kemble Home for senior women of limited means and our affordable housing properties. For more information click here.
The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) is dedicated to increasing the availability of and accessibility to safe, decent and affordable housing to families in New Jersey. In some cases this may mean working with traditional affordable housing developments, serving New Jersey’s most needy families. For more information on NJHMFA programs, click here.