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Neighborhood Enhancement Program

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program was created to address the affordable housing shortage exacerbated by Superstorm Sandy. The program’s intent is to assist local governments and affordable housing developers in stabilizing neighborhoods at risk of blight through the rehabilitation or re-use of properties that are abandoned, foreclosed and vacant.

The program, which is funded through federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery dollars, provides zero-interest loans to non-profit and for-profit developers to purchase and convert foreclosed, vacant or abandoned properties, including underutilized lots, into affordable housing units in the nine counties most impacted by Sandy as determined by the federal government (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union).

Developers of all Neighborhood Enhancement Program projects must affirmatively market the affordable housing units in Sandy-impacted communities to people who remain displaced by Sandy. Also, during the first three months of lease-up for all Neighborhood Enhancement Program projects, priority must be given to Sandy-impacted individuals who registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance or who rented an apartment or owned a primary residence that was no longer habitable because of Sandy damage.

Am I eligible for one of these affordable housing units?

Households whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income for their area as defined by the federal government are eligible to rent an affordable housing unit.

How do I apply?

Households are unable to directly apply to the State for an affordable housing unit under this program. However, as the housing units are available for occupancy, they will be subject to the income qualifications.

For more information on available affordable housing units, prospective renters or homeowners can directly contact the developers participating in the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. Please see the list below for contact information. People may also visit the New Jersey Housing Resource Center to review available housing units.

Developer Name Project Name Project Type # of Units Address Town Phone Number
324 Fourth LLC 324 Fourth Street Rental 4 324 Fourth Street Jersey City (914) 589-7405
525-529 South Seventeenth Street, LLC 525-529 South Seventieth Street For Sale 2 525-529 South Seventeenth Street Newark (201) 963-3668
82 First St Elizabeth Housing LLC 82 First Street Rental 6 82 First Street Elizabeth (908) 289-9007
A&A Construction, Inc. Alpine Street Apartments Rental 6 85, 87 and 89 West Alpine Street Newark (609) 760-1161
A&A Construction, Inc. Fabyan Place Apartments Rental 6 107-109 Fabyan Place and 24-26 Birks Place. Newark (609) 760-1161
Bertoldi Realty Corp. Dodd Street Rental 5 333 Dodd Street. East Orange (973) 414-1367
Cara Development, LLC 269 2nd Avenue West For Sale 4 269-271 Second Avenue West Newark (201) 963-3668
Central Orange Village, LLC NEP 2014 Central Village Rental 7 164, 172 and 185 Parrow Street and 166 Taylor Street Orange (973) 744-5410
Community Works LLC Newark Community Works Rental 7 49 Hansford Street, 69 Merchant Street and 20 Lentz Street Newark (973) 491-9494
Dolphin Creek LLC Neighborhood Enhancement Program – Dolphin, LLC Rental 3 455 West Spicer Avenue and 442-444 West Garfield Avenue. Wildwood (856) 875-1600
Essex Community Land Trust Housing for All – Bloomfield For Sale 3 31 La France Avenue, 78 Thomas and 544 Broughton Bloomfield (973) 783-7801
Fast Developer LLC Barrister Homes Rental 4 394-396 Avon Avenue. Newark (908) 220-3650
Front Porch Developments LLC Long Branch NEP Scattered Site Redevelopment Rental 6 Scattered Sites Long Branch (973) 783-5667
Front Porch Developments LLC NEP Long Branch II Rental 6 Scattered Sites Long Branch (973) 783-5667
Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. NEP Cliffside Park Condominiums For Sale 4 148 Oakwood Avenue. Cliffside Park (201) 968-0200
Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity, Inc. 1036 Third Street For Sale 1 1036 West Third Street Plainfield (908) 769-5292 x 9
Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Habitat Home in Highland Park For Sale 1 236 South Tenth Avenue. Highland Park (908) 769-5292
Habitat for Humanity Cape May County Middle Township Habitat 2014-15 Development For Sale 4 303 and 311 Sumner Street, 311 West Anna Street and 209 Reeves Street. Middle Township (609) 602-8031
Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp. 127 Valley Road Condominium Development For Sale 6 127 Valley Road. Montclair (973) 744-4141
Magill Real Estate Holdings, LLC 279 Second Street Rental 6 279 Second Street. Elizabeth (908) 558-0284
Magill Real Estate Holdings, LLC 1175 Mary Street Rental 6 1175 Mary Street. Elizabeth (908) 558-0284
MAR Acquisition Group 313-315 Second Street Rental 6 313-315 Second Street. Elizabeth (908) 289-9007
Metuchen Community Services Corporation Wayne Street Affordable Housing Rental 4 156-158 Wayne Street. Perth Amboy (732) 324-8200
Metuchen Community Services Corporation Main Street Affordable Housing Rental 7 268 Main Street. South Amboy (732) 324-8200
Morris Habitat for Humanity Lawrie Street Home Ownership Project For Sale 1 440 Lawrie Street. Perth Amboy (973) 891-1934
Ocean Community Economic Action Now, Inc. Pierce’s Woods Rental 6 Baldwin, Nolan, Nixon and Latimar Avenues. Berkeley Township (732) 244-5333
Orange Housing Development Corporation Oakwood Avenue Rental 7 203 Oakwood Avenue. Orange (973) 677-4577
Pleasantville Housing and Redevelopment Corporation Mid Town South Scattered Site Rental 4 Scattered Sites Pleasantville (609) 646-3023
RPM Development LLC Ballantine Mansion Rental 7 527-533 Mt. Prospect Avenue Newark (973) 744-5410
Rukenstein and Associates Society Hill Affordable Housing Rental 7 Scattered Sites Galloway Township (609) 730-8138
V G Properties One LLC Renaissance Plaza Rental 6 145 Philadelphia Avenue. Egg Harbor City (609) 965-0303
Woodlands Residential, LLC Woodland Townhomes For Sale 7 257, 261, 263, 265, 267, 269 and 271 Woodland Avenue. East Orange (201) 886-7800