New Jersey: Ground Is Broken for Center House
October 19, 2005
The Rev. Robert Kaeding, who founded the AIDS nonprofit The Center in 1992, announced Monday that construction of Center House, a home for 25 single adults with HIV/AIDS, has begun at 806 Third Ave. "In the course of a year, we help over 100 individuals with emergency housing ... and the goal always was to help people have their own place," Kaeding said at the groundbreaking ceremonies. "We've seen the need for many years for a more supportive environment and, thus, Center House."
The nonprofit submitted the application for Center House to federal housing officials in 2000. Plans were delayed because Asbury Park's then-Board of Adjustment could not come up with enough votes to approve the project. The Center filed a discrimination lawsuit that the City Council did not defend, allowing the project to continue.
Kaeding hopes Center House will open in Dec. 2006. The total cost of the building is $3,927,000.
Charles Richman, acting Department of Community Affairs commissioner, said $350,000 in direct state funding and $450,000 in tax credits would bring $3.67 million of equity into the project and ensure it is built with no debt. A 2000 HUD grant initially made it possible for The Center to develop the project. Richard Kotuski, director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Newark office, said HUD is also supplying $800,000 in support over the three-year period, and that amount will be renewed.
Asbury Park Press
10.18.05; Nancy Shields
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.