The Beck House Receives 2014 SHA-NJ Supportive Housing Award

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Jeffrey Miller No Comments

The Beck House

10.09.2014 — The Beck House, a special needs supportive housing project located in Hammonton, New Jersey and developed by The Arc of Atlantic County (The Arc)—a non-profit organization providing the customized support and training necessary for special needs residents to become self-sufficient and integral in the communities they call home—was recently honored by the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey with a 2014 Supportive Housing Project Award in the Small-Scale Development Category.

A four-bedroom therapeutic residence serving people with special needs, the Beck House was developed under the Special Needs Housing Partnership Loan Program (SNHPLP)—a new state initiative in New Jersey aimed at increasing opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to find permanent supportive housing options within their local community. As one of the first projects in the state to be developed under this new initiative, The Arc, through SNHPLP financing, was able to acquire a 3-bedroom single-family ranch home in a well-established, affluent neighborhood in close proximity to Hammonton Lake. In concert with a variety of key stakeholders, public agencies, the township, and Kitchen & Associates (K&A), who was retained to provide architectural design services for the project, The Arc was able to successfully convert the acquired, unassuming brick ranch home into an accessible, four-bedroom special needs residence.

The development team was able to think within the box, so-to-speak, in order to provide for the additional bedroom, accessible living areas and support service spaces the program required—all within the confines of the existing home’s exterior walls, and all within a very limited developmental budget. The new home was designed in a manner that clearly delineates both private and public spaces. Original living spaces and service/office areas were relocated to newly created interiors within the existing garage, and existing common space was reused in the facility’s new program, servicing the newly-created bedrooms and bathrooms. Wherever possible, modern, durable and sustainable materials were utilized in the project’s design to minimize overall maintenance requirements, decrease long-term operational costs, and improve the indoor air quality for the residents. Additionally, an expansive outdoor patio offers residents the ability to not only enjoy each other’s company, but the fresh air as well.

Partnering with the New Jersey Department of Developmental Disabilities, The Arc, during the design phases of the project, was able to identify four individuals with special needs from developmental centers and waiting lists around the state. Identifying these future residents during the design process allowed for the renovations to be catered specifically to the particular needs of each resident.

All of this year’s awardees will be honored at the organization’s 16th annual NJ Supportive Housing Conference 2014 to be held on Friday, December 5th, 2014 from 8-4PM at the Renaissance Inn Woodbridge located in Iselin, New Jersey. There will also be a workshop at the conference dedicated to the award winners, giving each of them the opportunity to discuss areas of innovation, development, tenancy and service delivery when it comes to designing for Supportive Housing and Special Needs.


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