CHCA co-chairs the Housing Collaborative Action Network with Community Assets Preservation Corporation (CAPC) with the goal of promoting affordable housing for neighborhood residents and addressing housing quality issues. The Housing CAN meets on a monthly basis and includes residents and other housing advocates.
In collaboration with affordable housing developers, CHCA aims to increase the number of housing units for the large majority of neighborhood residents who are making $31,000 or less. CHCA plans to develop 20 units of quality, affordable housing by 2024. CHCA will also join others in advocating for more investments in affordable housing development throughout the neighborhood and city.
The Beat the Blight Campaign was started by neighborhood residents in an effort to clean up and beautify long blighted areas of the neighborhood. Each year, CHCA organizes two cycles for Beat the Blight -- in the Spring and Fall. In each cycle, the goal is to address at least 20 vacant and abandoned properties.
This education and action series is designed to engage new and expectant mothers and provide information and resources to address home health hazards that contribute to lead exposure and asthma. CHCA engages resource partners to help residents create healthy home living environments. These resources include mini-grants to purchase items that improves their home air and water quality or screening for state and local programs for lead abatement and remediation.
South Ward residents in need can contact the South Ward Promise Neighborhood for assistance with rent, utility bills, transportation and food. Text your name and immediate need to 206-222-7922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey homeowners who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for mrotgage relief, including a 90-day grace period, no new foreclosures, no credit score changes for accessing relief by contacting their financial institution. If your mortgage company is not responsive or uncooperative, contact the state's Department of Banking & Insurance at (609) 292-7272 between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday through Friday.
The Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) offers a free weekly Tenancy Seminar and Intake Clinic where clients can apply to speak to an attorney. The session is open to anyone and pre-registration is required to receive an access link. All that's needed to attend is a device and an internet connection.
VLJ also provides LEGAL EVICTION ASSISTANCE. Visit www.vljnj.org/eviction-help to sign up to attend the Free Webinar referenced above and obtain self-help resources and updates. Residents can also call VLJ at (973)943-4754 if they are seeking help with an eviction. Dedicated support provided to South Ward residents through the support of the South Ward Promise Neighborhood.
Too many of the homes in the Clinton Hill neighborhood still have lead-based paint and pipes, old single pain windows, and have not been properly maintained by landlords and may have leaks or pests. Advocating for healthy homes is our way of doing something about it!