By Susan Kramer-Mills, Executive Director
These last three or four months we have made great strides in finalizing the huge grant application for the Housing Mortgage and Finance Agency. Agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOU) have been the main focus this past month.
First and foremost this month were the negotiations and discussions with lawyers, architects, consistory, and even the Classis’ Administrative Council about the Lease Agreement between the church and the Town Clock’s development agency Bergen County United Way (BCUW) /Madeline Housing Partner LLC. All were approved unanimously! We are thrilled!!
Then came the memorandum of agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office, the church and HMFA. This was a long pursued document, which our dear historic consultant, Margaret Westfield, greatly assisted us in obtaining.
Next came the best news of all. It was like finding a diamond! REALLY! It was so stunning that the HMFA officer working on our application said to me, “Now I believe in God.” Truly, I tell you, such vouchers have been unavailable for almost two years. This was a huge blessing for our project and the application for funding. We have the Edison Housing Authority’s Director Madeling Cook (along with the financial sleuthing of Taiisa Kelly from Monarch Housing) to thank for this incredible find. Of course there is an MOU to be signed, which we are working on.
Does this all sound like a lot of paperwork? Indeed, it is! Our fingers are raw from all the typing into the computer and the responses for emails.
However, we are deeply grateful that we are getting closer to the final date, when we will absolutely know about the financing. Soon…oh very soon!