MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Wednesday, January 18 Homeless Solutions hosted a ribbon cutting at The Mt. Kemble Home in Morristown, to commemorate the completion of a $1.3M extensive, multi-phased renovation, which incorporated many safety and mobility enhancements. The renovation began in June 2015 and has increased The Home’s capacity from 19 residential rooms to 22.
Major components of the renovation included:
· completely renovating every residential room, all common areas, and the office of the resident manager,
· enlarging the existing elevator shaft and replacing the cab and mechanicals to ADA standards,
· remodeling all of the bathrooms,
· converting a small kitchenette into a commercial grade common area kitchen,
· modifying electrical, plumbing heating, and sprinkler systems,
· replacing the roof,
· repairing and painting the exterior of the Home,
· repaving and curbing the parking lot, and
· regrading the rear and installing drywells to control runoff.
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty attended the event and said, “Homeless Solutions and their partners should be commended for their commitment to affordable, secure housing for Morristown’s seniors.”
Funding sources include a TD Charitable Foundation grant, a Federal Home Loan Bank of NY grant, a Valley National Bank grant, and a Homeless Solutions capital campaign. TD Bank Community Development Manager Roxanne Vivanco said, “TD Bank’s funding in this worthy project aligns with our overall commitment to housing and stabilization of neighborhoods. We are pleased to see our contribution has expanded this historic home and the overall project will preserve the housing resource and make it more accessible.”
Homeless Solutions CEO Dan McGuire spoke for the entire organization when he said, ““Our Homeless Solutions team is thrilled and proud to have been able to complete this extensive renovation. Thanks to the TD Bank Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of NY, Valley National Bank, and our capital campaign supporters, the residents of The Home are living in and updated and safe environment.”
About The Mt. Kemble Home
The Mt. Kemble Home in Morristown was founded in 1883 to provide affordable housing for elderly single women of very limited means, and it has been placed on national and state historic registers, in part due to its unique, purpose-built social mission. Effective May 1, 2013 The Mt. Kemble Home moved under the Homeless Solutions umbrella as one of their programs providing shelter, housing, and supportive services to low income people.
About Homeless Solutions, Inc.
Homeless Solutions is a private, non-profit organization that has been helping the homeless and working poor in the Morris County, NJ area since 1983. Homeless Solutions operates emergency Shelter Programs for families, single women, single men, and the homeless mentally ill, in addition to a Transitional Housing facility. Based on the organization motto of ‘A Hand up, not a Handout’, its staff and programs give people the tools they need to rebuild their lives, and as working people move to independence, Homeless Solutions develops and renovates sustainable homes people can afford. In 2016 HSI sheltered and housed 518 individuals, including 135 children. To learn more or volunteer, please visitwww.homelesssolutions.org.