Springside School Apartments Receives 2014 SHA-NJ Supportive Housing Award

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

Springside School Apartments

10.09.2014 — Springside School Apartments, an affordable supportive housing community located in Burlington Township, New Jersey and developed in partnership by both Conifer Realty, LLC and MEND, Inc., was recently honored by the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey with a 2014 Supportive Housing Project Award in the Large-Scale Development Category.

The need for affordable and supportive housing for older adults and adults with mental illness in Burlington Township—one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state—is a need that has not gone unnoticed by agencies and organizations dedicated to providing assistance to these often underserved populations in our communities. In addition, New Jersey, like many states across the country, has made a determined effort to de-institutionalize people with special needs, increasing the number of individuals seeking housing that is not only affordable, but also tailored to support their independence.

Springside School Apartments—a joint venture development project of Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) and Conifer Realty, LLC is one such affordable supportive housing opportunity that now exists within Burlington Township. The combination of an historic elementary school with a new building addition, this residence offers a total of 74 apartments aimed at providing affordable living solutions to low- and moderate-income seniors, frail seniors and adults with mental illness.

Partnering with the Lester A. Drenk Behavioral Health Center—a local non-profit organization providing mental health services in the region since 1954, as well as a variety of other social outreach organizations, the development team was successful in creating a fully-accessible, sustainable and contemporary living environment, with a variety of on-site social, wellness and resident-focused services, allowing the residents to live independently, with dignity within the larger community, and to receive the critical services that are essential to their well-being.

By successfully integrating supportive housing with senior living, encompassing both historic preservation and smart growth within an established community, Springside School Apartments is a testament to the long-term vision of Burlington Township as it addresses the demands of increasing growth and the resulting needs for quality, affordable housing for its more vulnerable residents.

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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