Eva's Village Plans Fifty (50) Permanent Affordable Housing Units For Low-Income Individuals and Families

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Eva's Village won approval to create 50 low-income apartments in a former factory on Spring Street. These apartments will provide an affordable and permanent option for low-income individuals and families.

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As a comprehensive anti-poverty program we are truly excited and pleased to be able to bring the mission of Eva's Village full circle. We are blessed to be able to provide affordable housing to residents of Paterson that is safe and beautiful. Eva's Village Apartments will be a place where people can live with the dignity and respect they deserve

Eva's Village won approval to create 50 low-income apartments in a former factory on Spring Street. These apartments will provide an affordable and permanent option for low-income individuals and families. The housing crisis for the poor has been created by the widening gap between the number of affordable housing units and the number of people needing them. This is especially true for Paterson, one of New Jersey's poorest cities. According to the 2000 census, 22% of its residents live below the poverty line, nearly three times the state average. The city's median household income is $32,778, compared to the state of New Jersey ($55,146) and as of December 2007 the unemployment rate in Paterson was 8.6% compared to 5.8% in Passaic County.

Eva's Village is a Paterson based comprehensive, social service agency with a mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. Started in 1982 as a simple soup kitchen, Eva's Village is now one of the most respected anti-poverty programs in NJ, with over eleven programs including shelters for men, women and mothers and children. With the addition of affordable apartments Eva's will be able to provide a true continuum of care, from homelessness to independence.

Eva's was awarded $1.8 million in tax credits and other housing funds by the state to provide permanent affordable housing to the needy. The apartments will include efficiencies and one, two and three bedroom units. Paterson residents who meet income levels would be eligible to apply. Preliminary estimates peg the costs at approximately $14-million. Federal, state, and city rental vouchers will assist low-income individuals and families in obtaining housing. Construction will begin as early as 2009.

"As a comprehensive anti-poverty program we are truly excited and pleased to be able to bring the mission of Eva's Village full circle. We are blessed to be able to provide affordable housing to residents of Paterson that is safe and beautiful. Eva's Village Apartments will be a place where people can live with the dignity and respect they deserve," commented Sister Gloria Perez, executive director.

Eva's Village is one of the most respected anti-poverty programs in NJ, with many programs that respect the human dignity of individuals. Eva's Village is actively seeking donors and volunteers to help them serve the increasing numbers of the homeless, addicted and poor in New Jersey. To donate to Eva's Village, to find our about volunteer opportunities in New Jersey, or for more information, go to http://www.EvasVillage.org, call 973.523.6220 x230, or write to: Donna Fico, Chief Marketing Officer, Eva's Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.

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