2015 Award Summary

Summary of NACCED’s 2015 Awards of Excellence

Presented at the 40th Annual Conference and Training

October 6, 2015
Salt Lake County, UT

Affordable Housing

Essex County, NJ: Central Orange Village II

Central Orange Village II is a scattered-site affordable housing redevelopment project that has transform vacant and abandoned properties in three clusters across the Central Orange neighborhood with 46 energy efficient units of housing. The project utilized NSP3 funds to grow (sustainably), and provide well-designed housing choices for a broad range of incomes and developed vacant properties into uses that promote a healthy and viable neighborhood. The County utilized the HUD NSP3 mapping tool to identify the areas of most need and along with the partnership of RPM has created some of the best living units Essex County has to offer.

Homeless Coordination/Assistance

Clark County, WA Department of Community Services: Lincoln Place

Lincoln Place is a new, site-based building to house people living on the street who are chronically homeless and/or are assessed to be at high risk of morbidity. The 30 residents of the inviting, single room occupancy (SRO) facility may be dealing with substance abuse and/or untreated mental health conditions that have excluded them from other programs and decreased their trust in the homeless system. Using the Housing First Model, community identified individuals will be screened in for housing and a broad base of supportive services with a strong focus on engagement and harm reduction.

Innovation

Essex County, NJ: Rehabilitation of Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Adults

Essex County and The Arc of Essex County welcomed four intellectually and developmentally disabled adults to their new group home at 7 Beacon Avenue in Livingston, NJ after retrofitting an existing neighborhood residential property to accommodate the new tenants. The Arc utilized HOME funds totaling $303,548 from the County of Essex to rehabilitate the property, a project which included the installation of a smoke and fire detection system, painting, floor coverings, accessibility improvements and converting the existing patio addition into a bedroom. By partnering with Arc to underwrite this project, the County of Essex helped address a growing deficiency of affordable housing units for special needs adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities that was identified when the County prepared its Five Year Action Plan. Support services required for the four residents are subsidized by the New Jersey Department for Developmental Disabilities. The County also partners with other local non-profit mental and physical nonprofit health agencies to support development projects that accommodate the special needs of this target population.