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Murphy Administration announces more than $16M in Affordable Housing Trust Fund awards

NEW JERSEY – The Murphy Administration Tuesday announced the award of $16.12 million to organizations across the state through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF).

The fund is administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and provides financial assistance for the development of different types of affordable housing projects to create stronger, fairer communities in which people can afford to live.

“My administration is committed to creating a path to opportunity and prosperity for everyone in New Jersey. This path must include housing that is affordable to the individuals and families who call this great state home,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Today’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund awards announcement demonstrates that we are putting meaningful resources behind our words to help create more than 100 affordable housing units around New Jersey. We look forward to seeing these projects completed in the near future and to the future affordable housing that is developed as a result of this important trust fund.”

“As DCA Commissioner, I’ve had the chance to see on numerous occasions the incredibly positive impact affordable housing has on people’s lives. When a person has stable, quality housing, they are able to take advantage of so many other opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “This is why I am proud of the work DCA is doing to utilize the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for its intended purpose. Through this fund, we are helping more people gain access to affordable and decent housing, including veterans, minorities, and victims of domestic violence.”

The projects selected for awards demonstrated strong municipal support, participation in other state-funded community development initiatives, partnerships with private sector investors, sustainability/resilience, walkability, mixed-use, accessibility, and thoughtfulness in addressing gentrification.

All the awards were given to smaller rental and homeownership housing projects sized at 25 or fewer units, which often have difficulty obtaining financing. These projects will fill the gaps within the existing affordable housing framework, build on current assets and investments, and add value to neighborhoods. The projects are also being developed by community-based organizations that have a strong connection to the housing equity issues in their communities.

All housing units receiving AHTF funding must be deed-restricted for a minimum of 20 years.

The AHTF is allocated through three funds:

  • Municipal Settlement Fund, which helps municipalities create smaller-scale projects that fit into the landscapes of their neighborhoods and assists them in fulfilling their court-approved affordable housing settlements;
  • Neighborhood Partnerships Fund, which supports the development of affordable housing in Qualified Urban Aid Towns, particularly projects that leverage other existing resources to strengthen their neighborhoods; and
  • Innovation Fund, which assists inventive projects that may not fit under the umbrella of the other two funds but that creatively advance the State of New Jersey’s housing goals.

The following AHTF awards announced today were funded through the Neighborhood Partnerships Fund:

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Awards

Award Recipient Project Funding Pool Program Description County Units Award Amount
Morris County Habitat for Humanity 146 Morris Avenue Summit Affordable Homeownership Project Municipal Settlement Fund Construction of 12 condominium homeownership units in two buildings located at 146 Morris Avenue in Summit City. Union 12 $916,180
Gloucester County Housing Development Corporation Rowan College South Jersey Special Needs Rental Housing Municipal Settlement Fund Construction of a 24-unit rental project located on Tanyard Road in Deptford Township for individuals with special needs. Gloucester 24 $4,200,000
Lake Tappan Urban Renewal, LLC Lake Tappan Commons Municipal Settlement Fund Construction of 25 family affordable rental apartments in River Vale Township. Bergen 25 $2,608,000
Tompkins Street Apartments Urban Renewal, LLC Tompkins Street Apartments Municipal Settlement Fund Construction of 17 family affordable rental apartments in in West Orange Township. Essex 17 $3,060,000
170-178 First Street Urban Renewal Corporation 170-176 First Street Housing Neighborhood Partnerships Fund Construction of a single building containing a total of 25 affordable rental units located at 170-176 First Street in Elizabeth. Union 24 $5,213,900
Supportive Housing Association of NJ, Inc. New Jersey Housing Navigation Project Innovation Fund Support for research in national best practices and for collaborative efforts to develop practical guidelines and resources for improved New Jersey housing navigation services. Statewide N/A $125,000

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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