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Senator Anthony Bucco presents the Joint Legislative Resolution congratulating Special Homes for 25 years of excellent service. Pictured from right are Terry McKeon, Executive Director, Jennifer Velez, Commissioner NJ Department of Human Services, Nancy Delaney, President Board of Directors and Senator Anthony Bucco.

Denville TWP – Special Homes of New Jersey, Inc. announces its 25th Anniversary

Started in 1986, Special Homes is a not-for-profit agency that provides residential services to developmentally disabled adults. We are licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities and enjoy a hard-earned reputation for quality.

Special Homes operates three group homes in Boonton and Wharton, as well as three supportive housing locations in Denville and Parsippany. We celebrate our history of making a difference and enabling the individuals we serve to live the most independent lives possible.

Special Homes’ history of providing excellent service has enabled us to be in a position of strength to develop new residential support services to individuals in the future. Special Homes is currently developing a new group in Morris County for three individuals, who currently live in a skilled nursing facility, to achieve their dream of living in their own home in the community.

Among the guest attendees will be Senator Anthony Bucco and representatives from the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, as well as the family and friends of those we serve.

The 25th Anniversary Brunch will be held at the Zeris Inn in Parsippany on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

 

Observer Tribune

Three non-profit organizations seek shares of affordable housing funds in Washington Township

WASHINGTON TWP. — A trio of applicants stated their case for Washington Township Housing Trust Funds on Wednesday, March 14, as officials look to invest funds that will be taken by the state if not used by June 30. Housing trust funds are donated by developer’s agreements, established at the time of approval of previous housing or commercial projects.

The township has more than $848,000 held in trust to be used toward offsetting affordable housing commitments, according to Chief Financial Officer Kevin Lifer.

Only about $407,000 of the funds were collected more than four years ago. Any money held for more than four years will be reclaimed by the state if not used locally.

One of the applicants, Special Homes of New Jersey, has previously won a commitment from the township for $200,000 to purchase a residence and renovate it as a group home for developmentally disabled citizens, through an agreement with the Special Needs Housing Partnership.

Mission Road Plan

Terry McKeon, Special Homes’ Executive Director, said his organization had located a home for purchase on Mission Road that would require another $50,000 toward purchase and renovation. He placed the overall cost at $500,000.

He said three of the intended residents are highly functioning adults who have muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. One additional adult will have intellectual disabilities. The home will be managed by two-person shifts every day of the year.

The proposed residential purchase would add four Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) credits to the township’s designated quota.

Unlike most municipalities in New Jersey, Washington Township is operating under a Third Round COAH certification.

The entire question of COAH’s existence was in doubt when Gov. Chris Christie “abolished” the agency by executive order in 2011. Two weeks ago a state appellate court said Christie overstepped his bounds in what should have been the prerogative of the Legislature. Township Housing Administrator Andrew Coppola said that although the timing of the project is a concern, once a township commitment had been made the trust funds associated with that commitment would not be subject to a claim by the state.