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. Photographs by Daniel Merckx/Sentinel of Gloucester County Newspaper