Mission Secures $400,000 HUD Grant for Supportive Housing Project

Mission Secures $400,000 HUD Grant for Supportive Housing Project:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that the Rescue Mission of Trenton was awarded a $400,000 competitive grant to create 15 studio apartments for the homeless at the site of a long-vacant building located at 501-507 Perry Street. The existing building will be demolished and a new four-story 15,700-square-foot building constructed. The grant was awarded under HUD's Continuum of Care programs.

Each of the apartments will be approximately 500 square feet and ADA compliant. The first floor will be 4,527 square feet and will consist of a manager's office, laundry room, restroom, community room and commercial space. Each of the remaining three floors will consist of five studio apartments and small sitting area.

The project site is adjacent to the Perry Street on and off ramps to Route 1. It is located at one of the key entryways to the City of Trenton. The building was acquired a few years ago by the Rescue Mission with the help of Hutchinson Industries, a long-time corporate supporter of the Mission. The lot adjacent to the building (lots 505-507) was conveyed to the Mission by Princeton Holdings, LLC for one dollar in 2003. The total cost of the project will be approximately $3,000,000.

The Mission has received a $50,000 pre-development loan from the Corporation for Supportive Housing for the project. Additional funding requests will be made to the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency and to the City of Trenton and to area corporations and foundations for this project. It is anticipated that the remainder of the project cost will come from funding streams that are linked to project participants.

"The project is a logical next step in our attempt to provide a continuum of housing options to our clients. It begins with basic shelter and the Homeless Assessment and Referral Program that is available in the shelter. It moves on to Vince's Place, our residential and halfway house addiction program which includes a job development component. Our services also include an Outpatient Addictions Treatment Unit, Transitional Housing for those who are working to transition from institutions to independent housing, Robinson Program, a license Rooming and Boarding program for supportive housing, and Brimmer House, a Permanent Supportive Housing Program, with a landlord structure for clients while they go to school and/or work.

According to Bonnier Baker, President of the Mission Board of Director's, "The project is a logical next step in our attempt to provide a continuum of housing options to our clients." At the beginning of this continuum, clients receive basic Emergency Shelter and can participate in the Homeless Assessment and Referral Program. Further along the continuum are the residential addictions treatment programs (Vince's Place) with long-term, halfway and extended levels of care including a Job Development component. Services also include an Outpatient addictions treatment unit and Transitional Housing for those transitioning to independent living. And at the end of the continuum are our Rooming and Boarding (Robinson Program) supportive housing, and permanent supportive housing (Brimmer House) units.

According to Mary Gay Abbott-Young, the Mission's CEO,"the project to date has been an extraordinary triumph of community. We have received extraordinary cooperation from the City of Trenton. I want to especially thank Andrew Cartin, Jerome Harris, Harrietta Owusu, Cleophis Roper and Carolyn Lewis-Spruill for their patience and support. The staff of the Housing Mortgage Finance Agency including Pam McCrory, who have been very helpful. Finally, the community for being so receptive to the project (it will require final Planning Board approval)."

Abbott-Young also praised the project team composed of: Rhonda Coe of RB Coe Consulting,LLC, the project's consultant; Steve Cohen, AIA, the project's architect; and Bruce Sattin, Esq., of Szaferman Lakind, the project's attorney.

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