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East Orange Housing Authority Builds for Future, Honors History With 60th Anniversary Campaign


Building Homes, Changing Lives Campaign will unveil new branding, outdoor banners, the Diamond Jubilee Gala and the start of construction on $30 Million in redevelopment projects.

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange Housing Authority (EOHA) will celebrate 60 years of service to the East Orange Community with Building Homes, Changing Lives, a community-based campaign highlighting the commitment of the organization to provide affordable housing and social services.  Since inception, the EOHA has provided housing resources to thousands of individuals, families, senior citizens and, persons with disabilitiesThe Building Homes, Changing Lives Campaign will feature past and present accomplishments of the EOHA. Additionally, planned future developments and programs will be highlighted, including over $30 million in new housing development projects. 

The campaign will be co-sponsored by the nonprofit subsidiary of the EOHA, the East Orange Housing and Community Development Corporation (EOHCDC). The EOHCDC serves as a community conduit to provide new housing opportunities and social programs otherwise not possible under the charter of the EOHA. Funds raised will benefit all EOHCDC programs, EOHA program participants and community members of the City of East Orange. 

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The launch of the campaign begins on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the EOHA Diamond Jubilee Gala to be held at the Pleasantdale Chateau (West Orange, NJ). The black-tie fete will highlight the history and future of EOHA, individual success stories, and organizations that support the pride and renewal of East Orange.  Some of the Honorees include:

Dionne Warwick- Five-Time GRAMMY® Award Winning Music Legend; attendance confirmed;

Sheila Y. Oliver- NJ Lieutenant Governor

Ted R. Green- Honorable Mayor of the City of East Orange;

Diane J. Johnson- Former Director, HUD Newark Field Office and Owner, DNF Consulting Group, LLC;

Dorinda Walker- Corporate Executive, Author and Change Agent; 

Keith Pressey- Director of Community and Government Relations, Ambrose Ward Mansion;

Royston Allman- Founder & Executive Director, Ampere Civic Improvement Association;

Valerie Jackson- City of East Orange, Director of Policy, Planning & Development;

Chief Andre Williams- East Orange Fire Department;

Chief Phyllis Bindi- East Orange Police Department; 

Lance Wigfall- Legendary National and State Record Breaking Track and Field Icon;

Dawn Cooper- Executive Assistant to the Global Head of Structured Credit Trading, Goldman Sachs & Co.;

Gwendolyn Goodman-Hardman- CEO/Founder, Hedges and Highways Ministries, Worldwide;

Darryl Filmore, Jr.- Hotel Manager, The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel and Minister, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church;

Zammeah Bivens-Gibson- Executive Director, Isaiah House; Additional Success Stories to be honored. 

The festive evening will be hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies and EOHA Director of Operations, Elena D. Coley and boasts exquisite dining, premium open bar, entertainment, a silent auction and a VIP Pre-Gala Reception with our Honorees and esteemed guests for our VIP ticket holders. 

“EOHA is proud to celebrate 30 years of impacting the community and providing affordable housing for families.  With this campaign, we look to strengthen our existing community partnerships and engage new stakeholders to foster our mission to build homes and contribute to the redevelopment of East Orange.”, stated Will Gill, EOHA Executive Director. Mr. Gill also extends a special thanks and congratulations to the distinguished Honorees.

For more information on EOHA: Building Homes, Changing Lives Campaign and the Diamond Jubilee Gala, please visit or contact Duangrat Simpkins, Office Manager via email at or by phone at (973)766-8899.  Tickets, sponsorship and donor opportunities are available. 

For media inquiries, contact Elena D. Coley, Director of Operations, via email at or by phone at (973) 323-9029. 

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