The Building Vision Group has been working and meeting regularly throughout the summer. Here is the status of our various plans:
We were incorporated as a 501(c)3 the beginning of July with the organizational name: The Town Clock Community Development Corporation, Inc., otherwise referred to by this acronym: TCCDC.
We have elected officers and added one new person to the what is now the Board of the CDC. Welcome Linda Lachesnez! We still enjoy the support, encouragement and guidance from Robert Stewart, the Executive Director of Coming Home of Middlesex County.
1. We have met with several service and program providers, and went to visit another affordable housing projects in NJ, namely Eva’s Village in Paterson. This was an incredible trip.
2. We have met with architects; three different firms and have finalized a Request for Proposal (RFP) which describes our proposed project of the redesign of the sanctuary space. The due date for the proposals is mid-October.
3. We have narrowed our vision for which needy population the affordable housing project would service, namely: single women and single women with children. We feel that our church is particularly ‘called’ to provide housing to such women for various reasons: House of Manna is located in Fellowship Hall, a nursery is located upstairs, there is ample opportunity for jobs in this area, and we are located near public transportation. The following definition describes the people to who we hope to offer housing (Granted, a service provider, with which we will be working hand-in-hand, would be assisting us in the overseeing the needs of such folks.):
i. Individual homeless women – This may be persons who are not eligible for Section 8 housing, but who nevertheless cannot afford regular rent. They may be jobless or have lost housing because of life conditions. Mental health counseling, job skills training, financial counseling may be needed.
ii. Homeless mothers – Generally this is not long term housing but a “fix-it” situation until they are able to move up and out. These folks may have low to moderate income, but need to have a chance with similar supportive services as mentioned above. They may also be victims of domestic violence, who are trying to gain their financial footing until they can afford their own apartment.
The Board of the TCCDC hopes to hear from you about your thoughts regarding the progress of our 501(c)3. Please talk with any of us: Liz Hance, Joan Fekete, Ellen Hamilton, Stef Beemsterboer or myself.