EAST ORANGE, NJ —The City of East Orange joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark  Wednesday, September 25 at 44 City Hall Plaza to launch the Critical Repair and Healthy Homes Initiative for East Orange residents. The initiative is funded by $450,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds from City of East Orange.

Habitat of Greater Newark’s Critical Repair and Healthy Homes Initiative utilizes the organization’s home construction experience to improve low-to moderate-income homeowners’ quality of life through targeted repairs. The goal of the initiative is to identify and fix barriers to safe and healthy living conditions by providing rehabilitation, home repairs and home preservation. Through repairs such as mold and asbestos remediation, energy-conserving improvements, and the addition of aging-in-place functionality, Habitat of Greater Newark works to keep low income seniors and families in their homes.

“We welcome Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark’s work in the City of East Orange,” Mayor Ted R. Green said. “Our seniors are vital components of our community and it is incumbent upon us to ensure that they are able to remain in their homes while maintaining their independence and improving their quality of life."

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Jeffrey J. Farrell, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, said, “Often repairs or improvements such as a new roof or windows or new heating system can mean a huge difference in quality of life for a family.” He added, “The grant signifies a new and exciting partnership between Habitat of Greater Newark and the City of East Orange. Together we will make a real difference for the people who live in the city.”

Habitat of Greater Newark has considerable experience in providing extensive repair work post-Superstorm Sandy.  Since then, the organization has joined with many partners, such as PSE&G and its Comfort Partners Program, to assist many low-income senior and families.

Homeowners interested in participating in the Critical Repair and Healthy Homes Initiative must be East Orange residents and meet income eligibility criteria. Residents can call 973-624-3330 x103 or email gbernal@habitatnewark.org to register for an information session.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, founded in 1986, is dedicated to building decent homes for low-income families in Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Using volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat has helped many low-income families move into new homes. Partner families contribute sweat equity to their homes. www.HabitatNewark.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Jane Urry at 973-624-3330 x 110, or email jurry@habitatnewark.org.