The Madison Affordable Housing Corporation’s (MAHC) Barbara W. Valk Firehouse Apartments project received the Innovative Program award at the April 26th Morris County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Not-For-Profit Conference. The award was given for “successful execution of an innovative and successful program that increases the effectiveness of the organization’s mission”.
The Firehouse Apartments project began with the demolition of a vacant, three-story former firehouse on Central Avenue in Madison. Replacing the dilapidated, 100-year old structure is a new four-story elevator building. The 12 units are reserved for very low income senior citizens, with a targeted percentage of the units for the formerly homeless. The project is “green”, with durable finishes and energy efficient appliances and meets the requirements of the State’s several green programs. In addition, the project provides the residents with workshops and access to a social worker.
Mr. Riccio accepted the honor on behalf of the Board ofCommissioners whose dedication and perseverance was unwavering. He noted that “without the cooperation and support of Madison's elected officials the Firehouse Apartments would never have become areality and twelve needy seniors would not have found a suitable place
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