NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City Council approved an appropriation of $608,593 of HOME funds to Triple C Housing, Inc. for the construction of a new housing facility that is part of the Middlesex County Plan to End Homelessness in 10 Years.
The two-story, 10-unit building will provide housing to recently homeless individuals and provide them with support services to prevent a reoccurrence of their homelessness. In accordance with the county’s Plan to End Homelessness in 10 Years, this facility uses the Housing First concept to address the needs
of homeless individuals, a strategy that views homelessness as a symptom of other issues.
The goal of Housing First is to provide the homeless with immediate housing and then provide them the services they need to address the causes of their homelessness. The project developer, Triple C Housing, is a non-profit developer that has been developing supportive needs housing for low-income persons since 1979.
Triple C Housing will also operate the facility once completed. The facility is planned to include eight efficiency and one, single-bedroom
apartment as well as one on-site superintendent unit.
The City’s funding is provided through its HOME program, a federally-allocated block grant that targets the construction and rehabilitation of housing for low-income persons and families. The City is also currently using HOME funds to assist in the development of five single-family rental units being developed by Catholic Charities in the Second Ward/Unity Square neighborhood and to rehabilitate single and two-family homes throughout the city through its Housing
“New Brunswick has always been a leader in the area of affordable housing as well as housing and supportive services to combat homelessness. We are proud and excited to be part of this new approach to address the needs of the homeless population,” Mayor Jim Cahill said.
Cahill served as one of six co-chairs of the committee that developed the county’s Plan to End Homelessness in 10 Years and serves as a board member of Coming Home Of Middlesex County Inc., a non-profit created to help implement the county’s 10-Year Plan.
Triple C Housing is also pursuing funding from the Middlesex County Housing First Trust Fund, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Financing Agency’s Special Needs Housing Program and project based on housing vouchers from the New Brunswick Housing Authority.