This program is designed to increase home ownership opportunities in Atlantic County by providing down payment and closing cost assistance to low/moderate income families when purchasing a home.
Pictured is Alim Parks who is now a homeowner as a result of the new homebuyers program, which is implemented through the Atlantic County Improvement Authority. Since its inception in 2003, the program has provided assistance to 70 homebuyers.
Since 1990, the Office of Community Development has provided over $10 million to assist over 1,300 resident homeowners throughout Atlantic County. 2004 was the greatest year the housing rehabilitation program has seen since its inception, with $930,635 being spent on homeowner’s homes. The years 2002 and 2003 saw over $1.3 million spent on housing rehabilitation. Housing rehabilitation takes place in every municipality with the exception of Atlantic City, which has its own housing program. Housing rehabilitation covers a variety of services that include, but are not limited to: emergency heat, emergency wells, roof, plumbing, electric, heating, siding, doors, windows, insulation, septic systems, septic repairs, sewer laterals, water laterals, safety related items, and structural repairs as necessary. CLICK HERE to view a chart of Housing Rehabilitation Projects by Municipality from 1990 through August 2003.
Funds from the HOME Program were provided to assist in the creation of three affordable housing units. The HOME funds helped to offset the construction costs for two single-family homes built by Atlantic Human Resources in Pleasantville, and Habitat for Humanity’s Tracy House in Galloway Township. The funds helped the income eligible households to make the transition from renters to homeowners.
Through the CDBG Program, we have funded a variety of projects implemented by our municipalities that help to meet our mutual goals.
The City of Ventnor used $252,317 in CDBG funds to install an elevator in the Ventnor City Hall to provide barrier free access to the second floor where Municipal Court and City Commission Meetings are conducted.
Community Development Block Grant funds were used to purchase a fully accessible, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant bus, complete with a wheelchair lift to accommodate the expansion of Galloway Township’s Senior and Social Services Department’s program for senior citizens that reside in Galloway Township and Port Republic.
The City of Pleasantville utilized $162,135 in CDBG funds for the construction of Veterans Memorial Park, located across from the former Pleasantville High School. The park provides a beautiful tribute to our country’s heroes, as well as a relaxing place for residents to enjoy.
The Township of Mullica used $37,465 in CDBG funds to demolish several blighted structures to improve neighborhoods within the Colville section; removing unsafe conditions, enhancing the appearance of the neighborhood and thereby increasing property values, which will principally benefit low/moderate income families.
The Town of Hammonton utilized over $200,000 in CDBG funds to complete curb and sidewalk replacement in compliance with the ADA.
$106,000 was provided to Buena Vista Township to construct a 5,000 square foot addition to its Public Works garage and renovate the existing portion of the building. The additional space provides protection from the weather and helps to extend the useful life for the department’s maintenance equipment.
This project consists of the repair and replacement of drainage infrastructure and street restoration along East Evans Blvd. from Hamilton Place southwardly to and including the intersection of East Evans Blvd. and East Beach Avenue. $152,598 of CDBG Funds were allocated to assist the residents located in this area who were suffering from poor drainage and extended periods of standing storm water in the street.