FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

Former Linden Convent to Become Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project in Union County to provide eleven new barrier-free apartments

 

Elizabeth, NJ – Eleven units of affordable housing for persons with physical disabilities will be created in Linden, thanks to the award of $1.77 million from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and a predevelopment grant from the Kessler Foundation. The funds will be used to convert the former Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Convent at 176 Hussa Street into barrier-free apartments.

“Barrier free, affordable housing is in short supply, so Union County is very fortunate to add
this valuable resource to benefit our residents, with financial support from HUD along with
co-sponsorship from The Domus Corporation and NJ Connect,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The Domus Corporation and NJ Connect are non-profit organizations that have partnered to rehabilitate the former convent. The Union County Department of Human Services, Office for the Disabled worked with the two groups to assist in planning the project.

The location of the former convent is ideal for access to community resources. It is two blocks from downtown Linden, and within easy reach of local and regional bus and train service.

The construction will involve specially designed living spaces, and an addition that will house
a new elevator. The grounds will be aesthetically landscaped to include parking adjacent to
the addition.

For more information about Union County services and programs for persons with disabilities, call the Office for the Disabled at 908-527-4840.