MONTCLAIR, NJ - HOMECorp, the Montclair-based non-profit, will celebrate 30 years of preserving, restoring and building affordable housing for Montclair residents, on Tuesday, October 30. 

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver will come home to her native Essex County to deliver the keynote address at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ, to over 200 guests hailing from the business, arts, nonprofit, financial services, real estate and community development sectors to discuss two platforms that are near and dear to her heart: 1. economic growth and 2. affordability.

“Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp. (HOMECorp)was founded upon the core principles of supporting and encouraging diversity, economic growth and affordability,” says David Grill, President, Board of Trustees for HOMECorp.  

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“The Lt. Governor’s platforms align seamlessly with the mission of HOMECorp, which is to create and maintain housing that preserves economic diversity and ignites community revitalization while fostering financial empowerment.”

Oliver is no stranger to Montclair. In 2003, she was elected to the NJ General Assembly and began her first term in 2004, representing District 34, which includes Montclair, East Orange, Orange, and Clifton, for over a decade. 

In addition to the Lt. Governor serving as keynote speaker, HOMECorp will honor the 30 Most Memorable Montclair Moments that have taken place over the past 30 years within the arts, entertainment, retail, fine dining, hospitality, economic development, business and nonprofit sectors, among others. HOMECorp will pay homage to these moments live at its Tuesday, October 30th Anniversary Gala, taking place from 6 pm - 9pm at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey.  

Longtime HOMECorp supporter and prestigious law firm Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough & Trevenen, LLP serves as the HOMECorp Presenting Sponsor of the gala and the “Top 10” 30 Most Memorable Montclair Moments.


Examples of Most Memorable Montclair Moments to be honored include:


  • HOMECorp acquires first affordable rental property on historic Miller Street (1989)
  • Montclair adopts last school into Magnet School System to provide all students with access to the schools best suited for their needs (1997)
  • HOMECorp opens its first community garden, Dorothy’s Garden (1995)
  • The first LEED Certified commercial building, GreenWorks at 100 Grove Street, is constructed in Montclair (occupancy begins 2009).
  • Montclair Film opens (2010) followed by the critically-acclaimed Montclair Film Festival (2011)
  • HOMECorp breaks ground on Talbot Village (2015), a six-unit townhome complex (2015) built specifically for low and middle-income homebuyers
and closes on the last unit (July 2018).


 “Montclair is a vibrant community because of its diversity. For Montclair to truly thrive, all residents, whether renting or buying, must have access to quality affordable housing,” says Shelley Phillips, former President of the Board of Trustees and this year’s Celebration Committee Chair. “For 30 years, HOMECorp has been proudly fulfilling this mission for thousands of Montclair residents.”


“While we are celebrating the past 30 years of HOMECorp and the rich heritage and dynamic people who comprise Montclair, I am very much looking forward to the future,” says Melody Federico, Executive Director HOMECorp.


In addition to the 30 Most Memorable Montclair Moments festivities, the Board of Trustees of HOMECorp will honor Pamela S. Scott, Executive Director, Partners for Health Foundation as Community Honoree; William Scott, Co-Chair, Montclair Housing Commission Advocacy Honoree and Chair, Montclair NAACP Housing Committee and Paul Sionas, Principal of Sionas Architecture, Corporate Honoree. Mr. Sionas, a longtime HOMECorp partner, designed the plans for Talbot Village, HOMECorp’s latest affordable housing project of newly constructed townhomes.

For more information on the 30 Most Memorable Montclair Moments, including sponsorship opportunities to nominate your own or another Montclair Most Memorable Moment, visit the HOMECorp website at:


Or, contact Kim Keating, Sponsorship Manager, 30 Most Memorable Montclair Moments, at 908-451-1295 or