Two local nonprofits announce the collaboration to begin a joint project. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County and New Jersey Connect will partner to build a barrier free home for a family in need of an accessible home designed to meet the needs of a physical disability.
“We are excited to partner with New Jersey Connect and grateful to them for committing the initial funding of $50,000,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. “We will be honored to work together alongside an individual with a disability and their family to provide an accessible and barrier-free home.”
New Jersey Connect was founded in 1994 by local Westfield resident Elisa Sananman to address the housing needs of people with physical disabilities, who can direct their own care yet seek accessible, non-institutional housing. Fostering independent living and respect for individuality is the core philosophy behind the mission of the nonprofit organization.
"It is critical that we have support systems in place for the disabled,” said ElisaSananman, founder and director of New Jersey Connect. “That is why we engage a partnership with Habitat for Humanity as part of our mission to ensure every disabled person has an accessible place to call home.”
As is required of all new Habitat homeowners, families selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity will repay zero-interest loans covering the costs of new home. Loan amounts will be determined on a sliding scale based on the family's income to ensure affordability for the family.
“This is our small way to help those who have suffered and experienced so many difficulties,” describes Charles Newman, President of New Jersey Connect and Director Union County Office for the Disabled. “Working with the sterling reputation of Habitat for Humanity, our new initiative can turn tragic times for our community’s disabled into hopeful futures by creating a barrier-free and affordable home.”
For more information on the “Habitat: Barrier Free” project, contact Allie Whitefleet, Development & Communications Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County at (888)-557-6032.
On September 17, 2015 the Planning Board of the City of Plainfield unanimously approved our application to sub-divide a property to build this home. Therefore, we are able to officially announce the location of our "Habitat Barrier Free" home to be at 502 East Fifth Street in Plainfield.
Your donations and contributions are necessary to make this project a reality!