NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — For some homeless people in the city, Zebra Way will soon become home—at least temporarily.
Officials broke ground yesterday, March 8, on a project that stands to provide 12 housing units for people who are homeless, according to an announcement from Coming Home of Middlesex County, a nonprofit formed by the county government and the charity group United Way of Central Jersey.
The project, which is taking root at 101 Zebra Way, near Aldi, has been in the works for several years. Stakeholders hope to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the fall.
Of the 12 apartments, five will be designated for homeless people with disabilities. Special housing vouchers from the federal government will support those individuals, according to the press release.
The remaining seven units will be priced “at an affordable rent” for people who are homeless but don’t have disabilities, according to Coming Home.
Middlesex County’s homeless system will refer people to the Zebra Way housing development, where they may get a chance to get back on their feet.
Triple C Housing, a firm geared toward aiding those who are homeless and have disabilities, will provide “supportive case management” to all tenants,” according to the announcement.
To pay for the project, the state Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency contributed $2.2 million from a fund established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Middlesex County paid $840,000, and New Brunswick paid $450,000, according to the release.