2 New Residences in Newark Will House Survivors, Victims of Domestic Violence

The new homes consist of two, three-bedroom apartments with nine-foot ceilings, an open floor plan, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors throughout. The first-floor apartment has 2.5 ceramic-tiled bathrooms, and the second-floor apartment has two ceramic-tiled bathrooms. Both apartments are fully furnished with essential furniture and linens.

Joining Baraka at a celebratory event to welcome the new homes to the neighborhood was Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who serves as the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The DCA awarded $700,000 in National Housing Trust Funds (NHTF) to acquire the property and for the construction of the two-family building.

DCA contributes project-based Section 8 vouchers to NHTF units to provide rental assistance to extremely low-income families that will occupy the apartments. DCA receives, distributes, and administers NHTF dollars for the state. The program provides zero-interest loans to eligible housing developers to create affordable rental units through either new construction, rehabilitation, or redevelopment. 

“These new homes are creating a fresh start and increased stability for families who have faced a great deal of difficulty and adversity in their lives,” said Oliver. “Having a safe, stable and affordable home is extremely critical for people who face domestic violence, and we are proud to partner with Lua, M&M Development, and RWJBH Safe House on this project aimed at helping them live a better quality of life.”

Lua Homes, an affiliated company of the Newark-based developer M&M Development, partnered with RWJ Barnabas Health Safe House, in the submission of three applications for NHTF funding. The first project, Lua Homes at 79 Broad St., was completed in 2019. Lua Homes at Third Avenue was completed in 2021, and Lua Homes at West Kinney has received 2021 funding. Construction on West Kinney will be completed in 2022.

Lua Homes is currently providing homes to 14 families who are survivors of domestic violence. The first 10 apartments were built in 2011 with funding from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Special Needs Trust Fund and Essex County and City of Newark HOME Funding.

“We are so excited about the completion of our second Lua Homes project in Newark,” said Maria Yglesias, the co-founder of M&M Development. “We are honored to be able to provide housing to the most in need among us, with the help of the DCA and our other committed partners.”

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