New Shore Housing For Consumers
Enable, Inc. is branching out into Ocean County. On November 4, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held celebrating the completion of new apartment housing at Tudor Village in Brick, NJ. Homes Now, Inc., the builder of the units, selected Enable to be the service provider for residents with developmental disabilities.
"It's very challenging to find homes that are affordable, that are well built and clean, and that are handicap accessible," Sharon Copeland, Enable's chief executive officer, said from the podium.
Tudor Village is the first residence for Enable consumers in Ocean County. "We had looked at several options near the shore, since the families of these individuals wanted them in this area," David Roussell said, chief operating officer who oversees all programs. "We are so pleased that the units are well built, with installed sprinklers, and affordable." Having sprinkler systems in apartments is a new requirement by the state for housing persons with disabilities.
"Finding suitable housing is difficult," Roussell said. Part of Enable's role at Tudor Village is to aid in finding residents. They currently have three individuals interested in living at the apartments. Enable staff will provide support 24/7 by assisting residents in their apartments and ensuring any emergencies are handled promptly.
"When the residents of Tudor Village come here, on behalf of the people of Brick Township, I say, welcome home," Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said as he addressed a crowd of about 40 people.
Two future residents, as well as their family members who attended the ceremony, bubbled with excitement about their new home. The 12 apartments at the site include three two-bedroom units and one single-bedroom unit that are specifically for Enable consumers. The open floor plan includes fixtures installed for wheelchair access with open space under the sinks and countertops.
President of Homes Now, Carol Wolfe, thanked the mayor and township for donating the land for Tudor Village. She invited representatives from Enable and two other nonprofits to speak briefly about their role at the apartments. Michael Black from Preferred Behavioral Health and Ramona Defonza from Resources for Human Development Coastal Wellness spoke on behalf of their organizations that will provide assistance for individuals with mental illness and veterans residing at Tudor Village.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Homes Now. We are looking to place 7 persons in these apartment units as soon as possible," Copeland said. "Everybody is part of an interdependent web where we depend on each other to make things work in our lives. Thus, we welcome the Mayor and members of this community to stay involved once the residents move in."