HIGHLAND PARK – The Reformed Church of Highland Park – Affordable Housing Corporation is having a grand opening and tour of its new veterans home on Veteran’s Day.
The first floor of All Saints Veterans Home, at the corners of South Third Avenue and Magnolia Street, will be open for tours at 3 p.m., Nov. 11. Mayor Stephen Nolan, Borough Council President Elsie Foster-Dubln and Congressman Frank Pallone are expected to attend.
“It’s a great way to celebrate Veteran’s Day,” said Pat Kaufman, a member of the Reformed Church of Highland Park – Affordable Housing Corporation (RCHP-AHC) board.
All Saints Veterans Home will fill a need in the homeless community, since one in four homeless people are veterans.
The complex has 11 units – one two-bedroom and 10 one-bedroom apartments. Each apartment will have a bathroom and cooking facility. The residents will be given vouchers from the RCHP-AHC that will cover the majority of the rent, so only a small portion will be the responsibility of the veterans, Kaufman said. Veterans should be able to move into the building in December.
The residents will have access to services provided by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Behavioral Healthcare Unit.
“Each resident can access the services, transition to work, whatever they need,” Kaufman said.
Kaufman stressed that All Saints is open to all veterans.
“The younger veterans don’t identify with the need. They come back from the war and they’re staying on someone’s couch. They need housing, too,” she said,
James McCrone, executive director of Main Street Highland Park, a non-profit that promotes businesses along Raritan Avenue, said he’s happy Highland Park will have a veterans home.
“The financing provided by Reformed Church of Highland Park – Affordable Housing Corporation will be driving force behind the development in the next few years in this bad economy. Main Street wholly supports their efforts,” McCrone said.
McCrone added that the RCHP-AHC is the same corporation that developed Iranya Court, the housing complex for girls aging out of foster care.
“That’s been a phenomenal success. They’re an asset to the community,” he said of the corporation.
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