LIVINGSTON, NJ — On behalf of the Township of Livingston, Mayor Alfred Anthony presented a check for $400,000 to Our House, Inc. to be used for the renovation of a single-family home into a group home for people with developmental and other disabilities.
Our House, Inc., a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1980, provides supervised community residents with employment opportunities, social programs and other support designed to help these individuals achieve their full potential for living productive lives. Our House, Inc. built its first home opened in 1980 in Summit, NJ, and has steadily grown to nearly 40 residences throughout Essex, Somerset and Morris Counties.
The new group home will be located at 3 Dellmead Dr. in Livingston and provide affordable housing for low-income individuals with developmental disabilities in order to promote a high-quality way of life that also meets their individual needs. As there are four bedrooms on the property, the Township of Livingston will get four affordable-housing credits to help also meet its affordable-housing obligations.
“This does not come from taxpayer dollars—there is from builders’ fund that we are able to choose where we want to spend the money and we couldn’t think of a better cause than your organization,” said Anthony.
Representatives said that a strong emphasis is placed on enhancing community involvement and participation and that the Township of Livingston has been extremely supportive in helping these individuals develop meaningful connections to community life.
“We’ve been working with Livingston for a long time now and it’s just been a very seamless process,” they said. “You have great employees here who have been a pleasure to work with, so we are very happy to be here in Livingston. We have a great reputation throughout the state and we’re so happy that we can now provide services to people in the Livingston area.”