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.
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.”
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.