Established in 2008, Irayana Court puts the airspace over a church in Highland Park, NJ to good use.
Irayna Court was the first project undertaken by the newly formed RCHP Affordable Housing Corp. in 2006 when it purchased the “air rights” above the Reformed Church for $1.00 in order to construct six units of supportive housing for young women who aged out of foster care or who experienced unstable housing in their adolescence. In February 2008, RCHP-AHC completed this $2.3 million addition to the church building, financed by the NJHMFA Special Needs Trust Fund and Middlesex County HOME Investment Partnership funds. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) provides six State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) project-based vouchers and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (RUBHC) provides case management services to the tenants. Each of the young women has their own bedroom and bathroom and shares a kitchen, living room, library and laundry facilities. Since the program opened, members of the RCHP staff and congregation have provided compassionate care and concern for the young women, and have developed personal relationships that are both emotionally engaging and mutually rewarding for all involved.