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Council Approves Property Transfer to Homes Now for Special Needs Housing

Council turns over control of two Brick properties to Homes Now, Inc. for special needs housing facilities

On Tuesday evening, the Brick Township Council unanimously voted to transfer control of a pair of properties in town to a local nonprofit developer, who plans on using the land to construct housing for citizens with special needs.

Through a partnership between Brick Township and the state of New Jersey, two properties are being provided to Homes Now, Inc., a nonprofit company, for use in providing affordable housing for eight local residents with special needs.

The properties in question are located at 425 Drum Point Road and 481 Herbertsville Road, and after completion, will be owned and operated by the ARC of Ocean County — which advocates for and assists special needs citizens in the area.

At the council meeting, a local representative from Homes Now commented prior to the vote approval and offered his gratitude to the governing body for considering the measure.

Resident George Scott gave his opinion that perhaps Homes Now could have used some of their own funds to buy private properties, instead of receiving this pair of lots from the township. However, Mayor Stephen Acropolis disagreed.

“When we can provide special needs housing, we should. I think it’s the right thing to do,” the mayor said. The council agreed, as they unanimously approved the land transfer.

Homes Now CEO Carole Wolfe more about the purpose of the special needs housing to be constructed, and was very appreciative to both the municipality and the state for their key support in this matter. The CEO explained that housing units at both locations are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

rainbow87t June 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Congratulations to the Arc of Ocean County and its prospective new residents. Brick residents could not have better neighbors; I know because I worked at existing Arc group homes in Brick and Silverton for several years. This is great news.
Robert June 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I agree, the ARC homes are good neighbors.
Mark Story Jenks June 28, 2012 at 01:45 AM
This is a good thing. Thanks to all involved, you know who you are.
l madson June 28, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Homes now? What a joke they took our home from us. Better have good lawyers for these people who get these homes From them.

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