Summer Brings a Home to Two Homeless Families

Local, State and Non Profits work together to make it happen

MORRISTOWN — A new home, which will provide supportive housing for homeless individuals, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, joined by New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) staff, local officials and representatives of Homeless Solutions Inc. (HSI).

This charming new two-story building will be home to two homeless families this summer.  Each floor has a two-bedroom apartment including a living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, and a full bathroom. The home also has both front and back porches.  It’s not just a building; for the families moving in, it will provide a foundation for them to build memories and build a future.

“Abbett Lincoln Supportive Housing provides a stable, independent home for residents,” said NJMHFA Executive Director Charles A. Richman. “This project is a strong example of how local, state and nonprofit enterprise working together can create quality, affordable supportive housing for those needing it most.”

NJHMFA awarded $300,000 to the project from its Special Needs Housing Trust Fund, which provides capital financing to create permanent supportive housing and community residences for homeless individuals or families. Funding was also provided by Morris County HOME Program, TD Charitable Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, and HSI’s capital campaign donors.

Jim Nason (HSI Board), George Goldman (HSI Board), JoAnn Tiefau (Kirby Foundation), Stephanie Cicale (HSI Chief Development Officer), Darla Wilkinson (HSI Board Chair), Tom Clark (HSI Director of Housing), Dan McGuire (HSI CEO) Tim Tansey (Morris County Community Development Director), Annemarie Uebbing (HUD Field Officer), Dr. Darsi Beauchamp (Morris County Human Services)

HSI will provide social services focused on helping residents live independently in permanent supportive housing, including ongoing services that address not only daily living needs, but the specific and special needs that HSI residents have.  These will include onsite case management services and assistance to mainstream resources, as well as access to health care services.

HSI CEO, Dan McGuire shared, “We are pleased to open two more homes to address the needs of people working through tough times to make a better life for them and their families.  By providing quality, permanent supportive housing that is close to amenities such as the park, bus and rail transit, and downtown Morristown, we are confident that the future residents of these homes are poised to thrive. “

HSI is a private, non-profit organization with 35 years of experience meeting the needs of those affected by homelessness in Morris County. With a philosophy of, “a Hand Up, not a Handout,” HSI’s mission is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people.  There are four Shelter Programs and a Transitional Housing Program to help guests develop the skills to successfully return to independent living.  HSI also operates the Mt. Kemble Home for senior women of limited means and develops and manages affordable housing throughout Morris County.  For more information click here.

 

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