Established in 2011, a previously vacant church welcomes veterans.
In January 2011, RCHP-AHC opened All Saints Apartments, located two blocks from RCHP. With $2.9 million in funding from the NJHMFA Special Needs Trust Fund and Middlesex County HOME Investment Partnership, RCHP-AHC purchased and substantially renovated a vacant church in order to create ten efficiency units and one 2-BR unit of supportive housing for homeless Veterans. The Department of Community Affairs provides ten project-based State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) vouchers for the efficiency units and the Department of Veteran Affairs is currently providing a tenant-based HUD VASH voucher for the 2-BR unit. RCHP-AHC has worked closely with the Veterans Administration/ Lyons Hospital Homeless Veterans Coordinator and the Middlesex County Office of Veterans Services to identify homeless Veterans in need of housing. Supportive services are provided by RUBHC. Members of Highland Park’s many congregations, local schools, and the community at large have reached out to welcome their All Saints neighbors and provide friendship and a sense of community belonging. One of the current Veterans works as Highland Park school crossing guard and several have steady part-time work walking dogs for people in the neighborhood.