Recap: groundbreaking ceremony for St. John's Episcopal supportive housing project!

On April 28th, we celebrated the kickoff of the St. John's Episcopal conversion project with a formal groundbreaking ceremony at the site on the corner of Palisade Avenue and 15th Street in Union City. We are so excited to oversee the restoration of this historic 167-year-old site, and to add 13 units of much-needed supportive housing to the community!

In attendance were Mayor Brian P. Stack of Union City, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, Bishop Mark Beckwith of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Reverend Tom Murphy of St. Paul's Episcopal in Jersey City, Anthony Marchetta, Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and Annmarie C. Uebbing, Director CPD of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development - Newark Field Office.

More about the project: This project involves the adaptive reuse of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Union City, New Jersey. Excluding the rectory and worship space, Garden State Episcopal CDC will develop 13 units of permanent supportive housing for people with special needs. The development plan works within the structure so as not to disturb neighborhood character and preserve the architectural history of the building. The unit mix will be 7 one-bedroom apartments and 6 studios. This project will focus on outfitting the church basement, school and gym into units that range in size from 350 to 680 square feet. The project involves vouchers from the Shelter Plus Program for 8 of the 13 units.

We would like to extend our endless thanks to all supporters and sponsors of this wonderful project! 

"In Union City, we're not only excited about this project, we want all those projects - anything with affordable housing, special needs housing senior housing. We're all for it a thousand percent.  . . . that's what built Union City and made it what it is today. Hard-working people, hard-working families, people just trying to make their ends meet." - Mayor Brian P. Stack

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