Christie Administration Announces More Than $13 Million In Zero-Interest Loans To Provide 84 Units of Affordable Housing In Sandy-Impacted Communities

First Awards of Neighborhood Enhancement Program Will Help Stabilize Sandy-Impacted Communities at Risk of Blight by Creating Affordable Housing Options for New Jersey Families

 

Trenton, NJ – As part of its ongoing effort to provide affordable housing in New Jersey, the Christie Administration today announced the award of 15 zero-interest loans totaling $13.6 million that will help finance 84 units of affordable housing.

Funding for the loans comes from the $30 million Neighborhood Enhancement Program, which helps nonprofit and for-profit developers finance the rehabilitation of abandoned, foreclosed and vacant housing and the redevelopment of lots to address the shortage of affordable housing caused by the storm. The recovery program, which also aims to return blighted buildings to viability, supports projects in the nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy as determined by the federal government.
“By financing the revitalization of neighborhoods hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, we can encourage families to return to the community rather than abandon it,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III, whose department administers many of the state’s Sandy Recovery initiatives. “The Neighborhood Enhancement Program provides critical funds to address our state’s need for affordable housing options in the aftermath of the storm. Also, it complements our other recovery programs that are assisting homeowners, renters, communities and local governments rebuild and recover from Sandy.”

The 15 loans announced today are for projects in Atlantic, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties. The projects range from building single-family for sale houses to rehabbing older residential properties into rental housing to constructing new rental homes and apartments. The Neighborhood Enhancement Program provides up to $250,000 in subsidy per housing unit for project-related capital costs including construction costs, professional fees, financing fees, acquisition, demolition and development contingencies. The other counties most impacted by Sandy are Bergen, Cape May, Hudson, and Middlesex.

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery monies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Christie Administration has directed $379 million of these funds for programs designed to replenish the stock of rental housing throughout Sandy-affected areas, repair affordable rental units left uninhabitable by the storm, and provide affordable housing for residents in need. The State anticipates that approximately 7,000 new affordable housing units statewide will be created over the next two years as a result of these affordable rental housing programs.

A second round of Neighborhood Enhancement Program loans totally approximately $16 million will be announced later this year.

The following table highlights the zero-interest loans announced today:


County

City

Loan Recipient

Loan Amount

# of Units

Atlantic

Galloway Twp.

Rukenstein and Associates

$942,500

7

Atlantic

Pleasantville

Pleasantville Housing and Redevelopment Corp.

$894,395

4

Essex

East Orange

Bertoldi Realty

$642,758

5

Essex

Newark

RPM Development

$1,275,000

7

Essex

Newark

525-529 South Seventeenth Street

$1,200,000

6

Essex

Newark

A&A Construction

$453,952

6

Essex

Orange

Central Orange Village

$1,575,000

7

Essex

Orange

Orange Housing Development Corp

$1,350,000

7

Monmouth

Long Branch

Front Porch Developments

$1,124,808

6

Ocean

Berkeley Twp.

Homes for All

$435,400

4

Union

Elizabeth

Magill Real Estate Holdings

$895,000

6

Union

Elizabeth

Magill Real Estate Holdings

$1,227,000

6

Union

Elizabeth

MAR Acquisition Group

$975,000

6

Union

Elizabeth

82 First St Elizabeth Housing

$550,000

6

Union

Plainfield

Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity

$96,917

1

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Press Contact:
Michael Drewniak
Colin Reed
609-777-2600

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