City of Orange Celebrates Renovation of Emma Apartments Thanks to Neighborhood Nonprofit HANDS

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Pictured from left: Valley National Bank Community Development Officer, Ryan de France; Orange Mayor Dwayne D. Warren; HANDS Director, Patrick Morrissy; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Deputy Division Director of Housing and Community Resource, Manuel Garcia; NeighborWorks® America Northeast District Representative Keith Getter; Resident Francisco Marianela Nuñez.
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ORANGE, NJ - The Orange based housing organization, HANDS has transformed an historic 1870's structure located at 560 Forest Street in Orange that was originally built to house factory workers. This four unit apartment building underwent a substantial rehabilitation and still houses hard working families. In the course of the rehabilitation, original historic exterior details were uncovered and restored. 

Apartments have new kitchens and baths. Heating and electrical systems are all new. This property is located in the Valley Arts District and is part of HANDS' efforts to provide affordable housing to low and moderate income families and space for small businesses as the neighborhood starts a new chapter as a hub for innovation and creativity. 

The project was funded through a grant from the State of New Jersey, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program. Corporations contributing through this program were Valley National Bank, Prudential, Chubb Insurance and PSE&G. The City of Orange Township partnered on the project.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1986 to ensure that the neighborhoods in and around Orange, NJ remain good places to raise a family. Protecting the stability and vitality of residential neighborhoods is essential to family and community life. Ensuring that is HANDS’ prime mission. The centerpiece of our strategy is to revitalize neighborhoods through the high-impact development of vacant, troubled properties.

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