MORRISTOWN, NJ - Local officials were joined by federal and state officials on Friday October 25 to celebrate the opening of Homeless Solutions' new affordable housing project located on Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown.
The project is an eight unit property which is a first for the organization. It is their first property to offer 4-bedroom apartments which is an option for larger families.
“HSI is a leader in affordable housing. The impact on and contributions made to the community are clearly evidenced by its recent projects. Within the last two years, we’ve opened 12 new affordable apartments,” HSI Housing Development Committee Chair Buddy Scott proudly shared.
This project was ideal for HSI. The location is close to amenities including parks, public transit lines, and downtown businesses. And, it provided an opportunity to turn an old, dilapidated building into attractive, affordable apartments, improving the neighborhood.
The property was built on land shared by two towns – Morristown and Morris Township, which presented some challenges at first.
“I am glad the two municipalities could work together to bring this fantastic project to fruition. HSI is an invaluable resource for many towns and we are grateful for their presence in Morris Township,” Township of Morris Mayor Jeff Grayzel reflected.
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty concurred and added why HSI is a good partner for the town.
“HSI has shown a proven track record with Morristown in demonstrating project planning, leadership, and completing successful affordable housing projects through a private-public partnership. This fills a critical missing link in the affordable housing community.”
The organization received grants from the William E. Simon Foundation, TD Foundation, County Home Funds, and Municipal Housing Funds, as well as the first government housing grant that was offered nationally.
"HSI is grateful to community partners, donors, and funders that made this affordable property possible" said the organization. "We look forward to the next opportunity where we can break out their scissors to provide more homes people can afford", they said.