The North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) was recently awarded $339,430 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide affordable housing to non-elderly persons with disabilities.
The 325 local public housing authorities across the U.S. received $131.3 million to benefit an estimated 15,363 people who qualify for the housing that is being funded.
In New Jersey, nearly $3 million went to housing authorities in Newark, Elizabeth, North Bergen, Pleasantville, Morris County, Somerville, Manville, and Collaborative Support Programs of NJ.
The funding comes from the HUD’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voter Program, which provides funding to housing agencies to assist people with disabilities who are not seniors.
‘Everyone deserves a place to call home’
The program prioritizes those who are transitioning out of institutional settings, are at serious risk of institutionalization, are currently homeless, previously were homeless, live in supportive housing, or are at risk of homelessness.
Affordable housing for non-elderly people with disabilities allows them to live in the most integrated setting possible. This was one of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
North Bergen officials have a redevelopment plan in the works on a site adjacent to NBHA’s Terrace Apartments building, a 252-unit affordable housing development.
The new site, about three acres, will have 62 affordable/supportive housing units, a third of which will be reserved and accessible to residents with disabilities.
The NBHA and North Bergen Renaissance Corporation, a private developer that has constructed NBHA buildings in the past, were named as developers for the site.
“Everyone deserves a place to call home and to enjoy the freedom that independent living provides,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey, in a statement. “I am proud to work for an agency that takes care of this vulnerable population of rent-paying Americans and provides them with financial stability and independence.”