HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday approved $1.25 million in funding for four new housing projects in Glen Rock, Mahwah, Montvale and Wyckoff.
The work will be done by Madeline Corporation in partnership with Bergen County United Way, for special-needs individuals and seniors. The source of funding for these projects is a Home Investment Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The planned housing projects include:
- In Mahwah, $500,000 is earmarked for 13 one-bedroom units for rent by seniors, to be built on Ramapo Valley Road. The property was gifted by the Webster estate in memory of Judith Webster.
- In Glen Rock, $150,000 will be used to build a four-bedroom group home on Bradford Street for special-needs individuals. This project, the first of its type in Glen Rock, will convert a house in disrepair, restore the property and allow its residents easy access to downtown Glen Rock.
- In Montvale, $400,000 is designated to build a four one-bedroom group home on East Grand Avenue, on the grounds of the Old Schoolhouse, for individuals with autism who require more constant care. The group home will be staffed by personnel from New Horizons. This is adjacent to a senior housing project at the Old Schoolhouse that the Freeholders also authorized funding for in January.
- In Wyckoff, $200,000 will be used for nine rental units for individuals with special needs, consisting of two-bedroom apartments and a studio arranged around a four-bedroom group home, to be built on Clinton Avenue, at the site of the old fire house. The buildings include numerous communal living and dining spaces and several ADA-compliant bathrooms.
Whenever possible, Madeline and United Way choose locations close to downtowns or other retail amenities to encourage independence.
"For many with special needs, establishing and supporting daily routines in familiar settings is key to independent living," said Freeholder Tom Sullivan. We never want lack of accessible or properly equipped housing to limit our special needs residents from being able to stay in the communities they know and love."
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