Valley Brook Village, currently under construction, will further the continuum of housing-plus-services for homeless and disabled veterans in New Jersey.
This “veterans village” will consist of 62 units of apartments and townhouses for homeless veterans and those at-risk of homelessness as a result of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and physical disabilities incurred in combat. In comparison to our VETS and Hope for Veterans® Programs, Valley Brook Village will be a permanent “place to call home” with no time restrictions on how long the veteran can reside here.
To make this project possible, Community Hope partnered with private developers Peabody Properties and Windover Construction. The private partners raised the $15.5 million needed for pre-development and construction from private tax credit investors and grant funding. Under the Federal Enhanced Use Lease Program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs donated the 16-acre tract on the VA NJ Healthcare Campus in Lyons where the housing is being built. The donation of land, together with a Federal award of project-based rental subsidies will ensure that rents are affordable to low- and moderate-income veterans. Community Hope will provide the support and employment services upon completion of the Village, expected to be ready for occupancy as early as Summer 2013.
“Valley Brook Village will provide a safe place for veterans to address the issues that led to their homelessness and provide them with the resources for a successful recovery and the skills to overcome poverty and despair,” explains J. Michael Armstrong, Community Hope CEO.
Upon completion, Valley Brook Village will be the first permanent supportive housing for veterans in Northern/Central New Jersey and ensures our veterans receive the support they need and live with the dignity they deserve.