The Arc of Atlantic County (Arc) has been enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the Atlantic County community and State of New Jersey for over fifty years. Recognizing the needs of this population in Egg Harbor Township, Arc—working in partnership with the municipality—sought to create new affordable and supportive housing solutions under the HUD 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program. Formally known as The Egg Harbor Supportive Housing Project, the development consists of three separate supportive housing group homes—Harley House, Tremont House and Cedar House—located on scattered sites throughout the area. Providing a total of 10 new units, these three facilities together represent the first of ten properties being donated by Egg Harbor Township, and being developed by Arc.
From a design perspective, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities need to feel safe and secure in the places in which they live. To this end, each home has been designed to ensure that the residents can live independently in an environment that supports their health, safety and social life, as well as maintain both their family and community connections. Through careful site selection, building placement, integration of sustainable features, and a sensitivity to the unique needs of the residents, each facility was able to achieve that very delicate balance between providing the safety and security the residents desire and not re-creating the institutional character found at your typical developmental centers.
All three homes have a qualified and dedicated Arc staff on-site 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, providing individualized support to the residents including help with bill paying, assistance with medication and medical appointments, grocery shopping, and finding employment. Each facility is fully accessible, and within a half mile of local conveniences and medical services.