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Southern New Jersey Development Council hosted its annual Distinguished Achievement Awards Reception honoring outstanding individuals, organizations and companies in the public and private sectors for leadership in economic development.

 Conifer Realty, LLC is happy to announce that Camp Salute, an affordable housing, veteran preference, development in Clayton, NJ, has been awarded the 2017 Community Housing Award at Southern New Jersey Development Council’s (SNJDC) Annual Awards Reception on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

“We at Conifer are honored to receive the Community Housing Award for our efforts and our impact on the community with the Camp Salute development and others,” said Sam Leone, Regional Vice President who accepted the award on behalf of Conifer. “Camp Salute is an outstanding example of what can be created through public-private partnerships. Conifer and People for People Foundation are able to develop this community and provide the services and housing our veterans need, thanks in great part to the support we have received from the Borough of Clayton, the county, and the state.”

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“Conifer Realty has made a remarkable impact with the Camp Salute Affordable Housing Project honoring those who have served our country by providing them with permanent housing and services to our veterans through a partnership with People for People,” said Marlene Z. Asselta, President of SNJDC. “As a result of Conifer’s mission to provide high quality affordable housing through partnerships with local government, state housing agencies and nonprofit partners, together with the Camp Salute project, you have been selected by the SNJDC to be the recipient of the Community Housing Award,” she added. “We are celebrating your success in enhancing the housing opportunities in our region.”

This new development is a result of a seven-year effort by The People for People Foundation and Conifer. Thanks to financing by the state of New Jersey and our partners, we are able to provide 76 state-of-the-art apartments to veterans and families in Clayton.

Camp Salute represents the highest quality affordable housing available in the market. The ENERGY STAR certified building features 14 one-bedroom units, 40 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units that were constructed using the best practices in energy saving technology, along with a spacious community room, laundry center, a fully-equipped fitness center and 24-hour emergency maintenance. 19 apartments will be set aside for veterans with disabilities.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) hosted its annual Inaugural Gala Dinner and Real Estate Management Excellence (REME) Awards Celebration on Friday, October 13th in Chicago

 Conifer Realty, LLC is honored to have received the 2017 International Award for Corporate and Social Responsibility from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) presented at the 2017 Real Estate Management Excellence (REME) Awards.

This year’s finalists covered both residential and commercial sectors, including submissions from the US, Canada and China. The Corporate and Social Responsibility category recognized exemplary corporate responsibility and contributions to the community that enhance the reputation of real estate management.

Conifer was recognized for its initiative and leadership in developing a brand-new, state-of-the-art homeless shelter in Rochester, NY, the House of Mercy. “For a city of our size, Rochester has the highest poverty rate in the United States, so when we first heard of Sister Grace’s story and the House of Mercy, in 2015, we knew we had to take action to provide our time, talent and treasure to an organization and an individual who had given her whole self to the needy in Rochester,” said Tim Fournier, Chairman and CEO at Conifer.

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The House of Mercy was founded in 1985 to provide shelter, food, clothing and case management services to those in need. The first building offered 19 beds with a need that far exceeded its capacity.

“In March of this year, The House of Mercy opened its doors to a brand new 82-bed, state-of-the-art homeless shelter at a new location, just minutes from Downtown Rochester, closer to the population served, other providers and transportation hubs,” said Fournier. “The new building, designed by NH Architecture, more than triples the size of the previous shelter location. It includes an innovative sleeping area with 82 separately partitioned beds providing the guests with their own space to add a feeling of dignity.”

Conifer-LeChase Construction (CLC), a joint venture between Conifer Realty and LeChase Construction, was the General Contractor for the substantial 15,000 square foot rehabilitation of the new building. Under the leadership of Vice President Brian Russo, CLC donated the construction fee and was able to obtain over $100,000 in donations from their subcontractors.

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“The House of Mercy is a true testament to “Greatness from Many”, it was with superior partnerships and collaborative team efforts that this once blighted site of disrepair has risen an 82-bed homeless shelter,” said Fournier. “Lisa Kaseman, Vice President of Development Operations and Jim LeChase, Senior Vice President of Construction at Conifer Realty worked diligently and tirelessly on the new shelter and I’d like to thank them for their efforts, for without them, we would not be looking at such a beautiful, revitalized building for the needy in Rochester.”

Tim Fournier along with Dick Crossed co-chaired a Capital Campaign for the House of Mercy, raising over $3.6 Million in private financing to develop, construct and maintain the new House of Mercy. In addition, the NYS Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation (HHAC) contributed a $2.3 Million grant and the City of Rochester gave an additional $500,000. Sister Grace Miller, Director at the House of Mercy played a pivotal role in increasing awareness of the need for a larger, safe, state-of-the-art homeless shelter in Rochester. Her effort and dedication to the homeless have provided shelter, food, clothing, and case management to thousands of Rochester residents for over 30 years.

“We see a happiness we didn’t see before,” said Sister Grace Miller. “And to show the impact of the new building, the first day we opened up and [the] homeless were coming in, they’re saying ‘oh, this is beautiful, it’s like a hotel,’ and two of them said, ‘I’m going to turn my life around,’ and I think the fact that we have a beautiful building like this, does a lot for their own image, their own ego, their own self-worth – they really feel they’re important, that they are human beings and they’re being treated like human beings. So, our gratitude to Tim and to Dick is unfathomable, we cannot thank them enough. And they’ve given the homeless hope.”

Many members of our community demonstrated tremendous generosity; we could not have accomplished this achievement without their commitment and support. We’d also like to thank Kelly Finnigan, House of Mercy’s Director of Operations, as well as the House of Mercy Board Members: Bernard Sass, Christine Castronova, Barbara Green, Bob Bartolotta, Miriam Zinter, Edward Hourihan, Jamie Winnick, Dick Crossed, Jim Vogel, and Alan Hanford; as well as past Board Members: Ashley Papp, Laurent Esquier and Pam Smith, for their never-ending support.

This project has been an excellent example of how companies can give back to their communities. Conifer will continue to work with the House of Mercy, providing our best practices, pricing relationships and staff to aid the shelter in providing an on-going, safe, quality place for its guests to rest their heads.

Conifer’s property management team touches the lives of over 20,000 residents on a daily basis – with the addition of the House of Mercy, we are now taking steps to end homelessness by providing shelters and a plethora of affordable housing options in the markets we serve. We are truly humbled to know that what we do every day makes a difference.

“Hospitality to all – no matter how lost,” said Sister Grace Miller.

The House of Mercy is always in need of donations and volunteers. For more information on how you can get involved, please call (585) 546-2580, or visit

Tom Waring, Staff Writer

"Pennypack Crossing recently celebrated its grand opening. The former convent on the campus of Nazareth Hospital is now an apartment complex for people 55 or older and the disabled.

Helene Nestel moved to the Northeast in 1963 and was happy in her single rancher in Winchester Park.

Recently, she learned of the conversion of a former convent on the Holme Avenue campus of Nazareth Hospital into an apartment complex for people 55 or older and the disabled.

Nestel made plans to move into the complex, and it looks like she’ll be selling her house without it even being listed. Her furniture fit into her new home, and visitors to her Pennypack Crossing apartment like the new digs. She’ll move in full time next month.

“I am now a happy resident of Pennypack Crossing and can remain in my Northeast area that I love,” she said.

Nestel spoke last week at the grand opening of Pennypack Crossing, 2723 Holme Ave.

The Holme Circle Civic Association has been working for five years with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth to find a reputable developer for affordable senior citizen housing for the former convent.

They settled on Conifer, a real estate development, construction and management company that has been building affordable housing for more than 40 years.

Conifer teamed with Inglis Housing Corporation, which strives to help disabled people live in independent, accessible housing.

Pennypack Crossing consists of 44 one-bedroom units, 32 for folks 55-plus and 12 for the disabled. All units are taken.

The project cost more than $12.5 million. Most of the funding came from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit. TD Bank provided a construction loan of $5.2 million.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Oct. 11, and guests toured the six-floor facility. The complex features a community room with kitchenette, fitness center, computer lab, professional staff, a 24-hour maintenance team and onsite parking.

Conifer senior vice president Charles Lewis, who was born at Nazareth when it was a new hospital, emceed the ceremony. He credited state Sen. John Sabatina Jr. and his predecessor, Mike Stack, and their staffs, along with City Councilman Bobby Henon and former Councilmen Ed Neilson and Denny O’Brien.

Tom Johnson, Conifer’s executive vice president, thanked the community for its support, adding that there is a need for modern affordable housing in the area. He also praised the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

“Their prayers helped get us through this project,” he said.

Sister Teresa Mika, the provincial treasurer for the order, described the former convent as a center of welcome and hospitality, filled with a family spirit.

“May God bless all who enter here,” she said.

Holly Glauser, PHFA’s development director, said her agency is glad to help keep rents low in a place built by a quality developer such as Conifer in partnership with the highly reputable Inglis.

Kevin Kelly, managing director of the 140-year-old Inglis, said his agency is pleased that clients are living in a safe neighborhood so close to shopping, transportation and a hospital.

Stack, now lieutenant governor, is glad to see affordable housing for older people.

“Seniors need to have an independence,” he said.

Henon called the facility a “jewel of Northeast Philadelphia.”

“Nobody wants a vacant building,” he said.

Sabatina thanked former Holme Circle Civic Association president Elsie Stevens for her perseverance.

Stevens, who introduced Nestel, recalled that the community began working on the project in October 2012. She thanked Sister Celine Warnilo for her prayers, elected officials for their help and neighboring civic associations for joining a letter-writing campaign to ensure a reputable developer.

Those civics were Mayfair, Winchester Park, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg, East Torresdale and Rhawnhurst.

“Today is one of the most fulfilling days of community spirit,” Stevens said. ••

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Press Release, distributed by State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

"Four Projects Recognized at the 2017 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

TRENTON - Four innovative real estate development projects were honored with Governor's Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Awards at the 2017 Annual Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development.

'Development of housing for individuals with special needs has been a priority for the Administration,' said Charles A. Richman, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 'There are many sites across the state that offer creative developers a blank canvas to address this issue.' DCA is one of the hosts of the Governor's Conference.

Two projects received the Housing Revitalization Award. These projects demonstrated the revitalization or redevelopment of distressed or blighted neighborhoods while including an affordable or workforce housing component.

The RIVERFRONT VILLAGE AT PENNSAUKEN (rental development), involves the transformation of a vacant former supermarket, abandoned for nearly 25 years, into an affordable family housing development. The project includes 75 affordable family units in eight buildings, with five set aside for homeless veterans. Riverfront Village is immediately adjacent to a stop on the light rail River Line linking Camden to Trenton, as well as a bus station with connections to other transit links, giving working residents easy access to regional employment centers. The development is part of Pennsauken's Waterfront Master Plan, which outlines the municipality's vision for the area's redevelopment. The project partners are Conifer Realty, LLC, Kitchen & Associates, Pennsauken Township, Camden County Improvement Authority and Camden County Housing Association.

ROSE HOMES (homeownership development), located in Roselle, is helping the borough reduce its decades-old inventory of vacant lots. The thirteen Rose Homes properties are helping to revitalize neighborhoods throughout the municipality while providing affordable homes for working families. The success of the project has led to a second phase. The project partners are Rose Urban Renewal, LLC, Borough of Roselle Mayor and Council, New Jersey Community Capital, and Jersey Mortgage Company.

The Supportive Housing Development Award recognizes a housing project that serves individuals and families with special needs such as the homeless; victims of domestic violence; persons with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities; persons with HIV/AIDS; and youth aging out of foster care. This award went to OCEAN GREEN SENIOR APARTMENTS, a five-story building constructed on a vacant lot in Jersey City. The project was designed to provide 44 affordable senior units and 11 units for special needs residents. The project partners are Cara Development, C-Line Community Outreach Services, the City of Jersey City, Jersey City Medical Center - RWJ Barnabas Health, Inglese Architecture + Engineering, and Del-Sano Contracting Corporation.

The Leading Economic Development Award recognizes an alliance between a New Jersey-based business that has teamed up with the state, a community, or local economic development organization to advance the redevelopment of downtowns, and enhance the quality of life for residents. The partnership should advance the state's overall vision for building tomorrow's living and working communities. This award was given to 220 ROWAN BOULEVARD, located in Glassboro. This project is a key component in the borough's downtown redevelopment and features 28,000 square feet of medical space, 20,000 square feet of retail space, and student and market-rate apartments. The new six-story building occupies formerly dilapidated downtown real estate, and is part of a $425 million project linking the Rowan University campus with Glassboro's retail district, creating a traditional college town and walkable community, and promoting smart growth. The project partners are Nexus Properties, the Borough of Glassboro, Rowan University, Blackney Hayes Architects and M & T Bank.

'These awards celebrate some of the best examples of quality affordable housing, supportive housing and public-private partnerships that have been placed in service throughout New Jersey over the last two and a half years,' said New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta. 'These projects embody the respective missions of our agencies to provide quality affordable housing opportunities, create and retain jobs, and improve the quality of life for all New Jerseyans.'

These projects exemplify the best efforts and collaborations of many dedicated stakeholders,' said New Jersey Economic Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen. 'Quality housing is a critical component in our efforts to continue to build economic development strategies including job creation and investment.'

The annual conference is hosted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. This year's theme was 'Building Foundations to Shape Communities.' The Governor's Conference brought together the state's most distinguished housing, economic development, business professionals, government officials, lenders, developers, nonprofits, and consultants. This year's conference presented insights and engaged participants in initiatives and new perspectives on property management, economic and community development, special needs populations, and effective approaches for community building.

For more information on the Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Awards and the 2017 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development, visit"

Long Island Business News /
David Winzelberg, Staff Writer

"Elected officials and civic leaders are slated to join developers next week to cut the ribbon on a 90-unit affordable rental complex in Copiague.

Developed by Community Development Corporation of Long Island and Rochester, N.Y.-based Conifer Realty, the two-building Copiague Commons complex is a mix of 56 one- and 34 two-bedroom apartments for families with a variety of incomes ranging from 60 percent to a maximum of 100 percent of the area median income.

The Town of Babylon held a lottery in April for hundreds of eligible prospective renters vying for the affordable units. Rents at Copiague Commons will range from $1,193 to $1,450 for the one-bedroom apartments and from $1,431 to $1,850 for the two-bedroom apartments.

The $33.5 million transit-oriented development project was built on a former industrial site on Railroad Avenue."

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"25 Percent of Units to be Set Aside for Disabled Veterans

CLAYTON - New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) executive staff Tuesday joined local officials and representatives from Conifer Realty LLC and the People for People Foundation of Gloucester County to mark the groundbreaking of Camp Salute, an affordable apartment development.

The $22.9 million project includes the construction of 76 apartments for residents earning up to 60 percent of the area median income. One quarter, 19 units, will be set aside for disabled or homeless veterans, who will pay only 30 percent of their income for the apartments. Rents for a one-bedroom unit are expected to range from $714-$870; between $845-$1,120 for a two-bedroom, and from $981-$1,197 for a three-bedroom.
The development, a joint venture between Conifer and People for People, will include a tot lot and a community building, which will house an exercise room, common laundry area, and computer lab. A full array of social services for all residents will be provided by the People for People Foundation of Gloucester County, a private, nonprofit foundation that helps self-sufficient individuals and families that fall on hard times through no fault of their own and need one-time help.

'Camp Salute will be a very special community, providing affordable housing opportunities for families and veterans who have served our country,' said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Charles A. Richman, who also serves as chairman of the NJHMFA board. 'We commend Conifer Realty and People for People on their partnership in creating this development.'

NJHMFA approved 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the project, which are expected to generate $17.7 million in private equity.

'We are very proud to be part of this unique project to provide permanent, affordable housing and services for families and veterans,' said NJHMFA Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta. 'The use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits as a development tool to boost affordable housing, such as Camp Salute, has opened the door to thousands of residents.'

The developer, Conifer Realty, LLC, is a full-service real estate company specializing in the development, construction, management and ownership of high-quality, affordable housing communities.

NJHMFA estimates that the Camp Salute project will generate approximately $36 million in one-time economic output, defined as the total value of industry production, such as sales and business revenues. During construction, the project is expected to support approximately 217 direct and indirect/induced full-time equivalent jobs, and generate over $1.3 million in state and local taxes. Once complete, Camp Salute is expected to continue to add value to the community by providing approximately $4 million in ongoing economic output, about 22 direct and indirect/induced full-time equivalent jobs, and approximately $229,000 in state and local taxes annually.

Economic Impact Analysis figures were estimated using multipliers derived from a 2013 study entitled 'Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency's Investment in Affordable Housing,' conducted by HR&A Advisors, Inc., a real estate and economic development consulting firm.

For more information on NJHMFA programs, visit"
Joe Brandt, Staff Writer

"CLAYTON - Bernadette Blackstock is thrilled that after seven years, she is finally starting to see a plan to house local veterans come to fruition.

Ground was broken Tuesday on Camp Salute, which will be a 76-bedroom apartment complex on Delsea Drive behind the Clayton Mews apartments.

Howard Gant Jr., Commander of American Legion Post 241 in Glassboro, salutes during the national anthem. (Joe Brandt |

Howard Gant Jr., Commander of American Legion Post 241 in Glassboro, salutes during the national anthem. (Joe Brandt |

The buildings will feature 19 apartments set aside for veterans with disabilities, a community room, and the South Jersey Veteran Resources Center. There, staffers from the People for People Foundation, of which Blackstock is the CEO, will help veterans - including those who live outside Camp Salute - access services like their educational benefits.

"It didn't hit me until this morning, 'Oh my God, today's the day,'" Blackstock said, gesturing to a 57-acre dirt lot behind the Mews, covered in CAT construction vehicles and trailers for construction employees to lead the work at the job site.

The day has been a long time coming.

The idea for the project came about in 2010 when Allan Connors, a Vietnam vet who spoke at the ceremony, proposed the idea of a space to house veterans in need. The next five years were spent selecting a site, Sam Leone, president of Conifer Realty, said at the event. Then, financing had to be secured for the project, for which development is expected to cost nearly $23 million.

Funding for the project is helped by Low Income Housing Tax Credits which total about $18 million in equity. There is also a construction loan of about $12.6 million and a mortgage of about $3.6 million from Capital One.

The goal is to have one building completed by January or February, if weather allows for that pace of construction, Blackstock said. The remaining six buildings should be completed by summer or fall of 2018.

A quarter of the units will fix the rent at 30 percent of a tenant's income. For the remaining units, a one bedroom will cost $714-$870; $845-$1,120 for a two-bedroom and $981-$1,197 for a three-bedroom unit.

The event featured several speakers including Clayton Mayor Tom Bianco, state Sens. Stephen Sweeney and Fred Madden, Freeholders Heather Simmons and Joe Chila, and the veterans liaison from U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo's district office.

Dignitaries unearth dirt at the site of a $22M veterans housing complex in Clayton on Tuesday. (Joe Brandt | For
Dignitaries unearth dirt at the site of a $22M veterans housing complex in Clayton on Tuesday. (Joe Brandt | For

Blackstock, accompanied at the event by her husband Paul, the chairman of the foundation's Board of Directors, told the story of her father-in-law, J.P. Blackstock, who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and was disfigured in a later battle. After years of rehab and help from volunteers, he dedicated the rest of his life after his service to volunteering with veterans.

"To be able to do all this in the memory of my father-in-law, to get affordbale housing built for veterans, it's just a massive feeling," Blackstock said.

The NJ Sentinel

"A groundbreaking ceremony for the People for People Foundation’s new affordable housing project in Clayton, Gloucester County took place on Tuesday morning September 12th. The new housing project, Camp Salute, is a permanent housing complex geared toward veterans.  It will be located at 865 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton behind the Clayton Mews Senior Apartment building.

Camp Salute is housing for low- and moderate-income families that will offer veterans’ preference for applicants. The project consists of 76 apartment units, 14 one-bedroom units, 40 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units. Nineteen of the units will be fully accessible and will be set aside for disabled veterans. Eighty percent of the project is financed via the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, which promotes private development of affordable housing projects.

“We believe in providing residents and veterans with safe, secure and affordable housing options,” said Bernadette Blackstock, President/CEO, of People for People. “We thank Senator Sweeney for his commitment to this project and his support in making it a reality.”

The People for People Foundation of Gloucester County is a grassroots 501 (c)3 organization founded in November 2003 by community leaders who were concerned about helping their neighbors who fall on hard times. People for People’s mission is to provide financial and advocacy assistance to Gloucester County residents who are normally self-sufficient but have experienced a financial hardship due to loss of employment, sickness, accident, fire, or other unforeseen emergency. The ceremony included comments from state, county and local officials. Members of the Glassboro VFW Honor Guard raised the American Flag while Michael Jones sang the National Anthem.

“I want to thank everyone involved in this project that will provide additional affordable housing options in Clayton,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem). “This project demonstrates the value of residents and organizations working together in service to the community to achieve a common goal. The brave members of our United States military have done so much for us, and it is only right that we make sure these men and women and their families have access to a suitable and affordable place to call home.”

With weather permitting, the goal is to have a spring 2018 move-in for the first building complex. Each unit will have a patio or balcony with a community building housing the offices of People for People, a community room, exercise room, a computer lab as well as a playground area. Also planned is a veterans’ memorial area consisting of flags and a sitting area."

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Kimberly Kerr, SNJ Today Reporter

"CLAYTON, N.J.A local organization is celebrating a big day as they get digging on a project seven years in the making.

An open plot of land in Gloucester County will soon be home to Camp Salute.

“The concept is a community of veterans," said Allan Connors, a Vietnam veteran and community relations representative for People for People. "That means disabled veterans workforce veterans, senior veterans, Gold Star parents. The model was comprehensive, that means housing, services, and community investment.”

People for People, an organization geared to helping families and veterans in the area, officially broke ground on the project seven years in the making.

“Our veterans have done so much for us, they’ve given us so much," said Steve Sweeney, New Jersey State Senate President. "It’s not much to ask to make sure that the veterans have a safe place to live.”

“It gives them a safe, affordable place to live," said Bernadette Blackstock, president, and CEO of People for People.

"It gives them a community where the next door neighbor understands the trials and tribulations that they went through when they served and it just gives them a sense of family.”

“Nothing comes close to the bond one veteran feels for another. Many veterans will not communicate well and they’re reluctant to communicate except for with another veteran,” said Connors.

The 76-unit affordable housing development with a veteran preference in Clayton has already set aside 25 percent of the units for disabled vets.

“This is a great day of celebration and we’re celebrating the fact that we’re going to help lift veterans who lifted this country on their shoulders,” said Sweeney.

On top of the housing, the space will have other resources for the veterans.

“We will have what’s called the South Jersey Veteran Resource Center," said Blackstock. "That center will have the ability to help veterans from the time of claim through appeal if necessary.”

Along with other staff agencies ready and willing to help vets.

“Hopefully we can replicate this in other places because it’s needed, it’s greatly needed,” said Sweeney.

People for People is hoping to have the entire 76-unit development move-in ready by Fall 2018 to help give veterans a safe, affordable place to call home."

Clayton, NJ (September 12, 2017) – People for People Foundation in partnership with Conifer Realty, joined by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), Mayor Tom Bianco and Gloucester County Board of Freeholders, hosted a groundbreaking event this morning for 76 mixed-income apartments, with a veteran preference, being constructed in Clayton on Delsea Drive.

Camp Salute, an ENERGY STAR certified apartment community features 14 one-bedroom units; 40 two-bedroom units; and 22 three-bedroom units; all of which will be constructed using the best practices in energy saving technology.

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Camp Salute represents a new approach to apartment living which will keep Clayton a vibrant region with a growing economy by providing sorely needed workforce, affordable rental opportunities for families and veterans.  The development will consist of 14 one-bedroom apartments, 40 two-bedroom apartments and 22 three-bedroom apartments. 19 of the apartments will be fully accessible and will be set aside for disabled veterans. The remaining apartments will have a veteran preference.

People for People Foundation, also known as a “Veteran Support Organization”, will be providing on-site veteran and social services to Camp Salute’s residents with multiple U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of General Council, Accredited Claims Agents and their dedicated staff.

Bernadette Blackstock, President and CEO for People for People Foundation said, "There are those that pledged to put their lives on the line to defend their country. By serving their country they also experienced things and have special needs that those who did not serve have. But like non-veterans, veterans also face the trials and tribulations of everyday life.” She added, “Camp Salute will be a first of its kind by bringing expertise in both areas to a low to moderate income affordable housing development with a veteran preference. There will be highly trained teams on site that can assist with both veteran and non-veteran issues." People for People Foundation will work closely with veterans and their families to provide the resources and support for their individual needs.

NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney said, "This project, Camp Salute, is the first of its kind in the entire country. Nowhere else in the United States has an affordable housing development been intended for veterans and their families. I am so proud to be a part of this project that will allow our veterans, those who were willing to stand up and defend our nation regardless of the risks, to have a place to call home. They say home is where the heart is, and Camp Salute embodies all of what a home and heart should be in our communities."

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Veterans in Gloucester County know that they count and their service is appreciated. There are so many veterans who we work to help each and every day, and now this new Camp Salute will help our veterans find quality, affordable housing. It is the right thing and the county is proud to have played a role in getting this project across the starting line. When our veterans are able to move in here, it will be a new day for so many and I for one cannot wait to see that day."

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Mayor Tom Bianco, said, "We are honored to have the veterans and their families who served our county call the Borough of Clayton home. After many months of hard work by so many, we are excited get this project completed so that we can get our veterans moved in and moving on with their lives. This project has a special personal place in my heart. As the son of a father who spent 32 years in the United States Navy, I know the scarifies our service men and women make and they deserve no less than the utmost respect from their governments and their neighbors. I am certain that the new residents of Clayton will find that here."

Charles Lewis, Senior Vice President of Development for Conifer Realty, stated, ”Veterans give up so much for us and get so little in return. This development is a small down payment on what we owe them. We are also grateful for the leadership provided by Senator Sweeney and Mayor Bianco. We have been working on Camp Salute for seven years and they have supported us every step of the way.”

Multifamily affordable housing developments require multiple public and private funding sources in order to be financially viable. Camp Salute is receiving federal low income housing tax credits from NJHMFA, equity and conventional loans from Capital One and rental assistance from the Gloucester County Housing Authority.