Our Mission is to create and maintain housing that preserves economic diversity and ignites community revitalization while fostering financial empowerment.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Gillray D. Brown Sr. (Gill), husband of HOMECorp Property Manager, Barbara Brown, and principle of GD Brown Contracting Co., passed away on Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Gill was a true example of a community servant and dedicated his life to service and helping his fellow man. Gill was HOMECorp's maintenance contractor for most of the 27 years HOMECorp has been in existence. A lifelong Montclair resident, he never ceased to support the HOMECorp mission, creating and maintaining economic diversity in Montclair. HOMECorp salutes Gill's memory and its indelible imprint on our organization.
Mary Clermont, charter member of the HOMECorp Board of Trustees, passed away on October 12th, 2015. Mrs. Clermont, better known as Miss Mary was a HOMECorp founder who was involved with the early discussions of affordable housing in Montclair. Her love of Montlair and its residents was the driving force for her volunteer work not only at HOMECorp, but at Bright Hope Baptist Church and Grace U.A.M.E. Miss Mary is survived by her husband Gerard, her daughter, granddaughter and a host of other friends and relatives.
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HOMECorp is an ecumenical, community-based non-profit organization formed in 1988 by concerned residents and religious institutions to improve and develop permanent affordable housing in Montclair, New Jersey.
HOMECorp preserves our community in a number of ways. HOMECorp acquires and develops both rental and ownership housing specifically for low, moderate and middle income residents. HOMECorp collaborates with community, social service, religious organizations, the Township of Montclair and other municipalities. HOMECorp plays a critical role in supporting Montclair Township's affordable housing strategic plan by contributing to the Township’s affordable housing inventory and by providing financial education programs and services for all residents. HOMECorp also provides comprehensive financial education and counseling services to other municipalities in support of prospective homebuyers, renters, homeowners and landlords — residents likely to stay and work to improve their community. HOMECorp sponsors a community garden and urban farm in addition to partnering with Glenfield Middle School to expand reading and literacy. HOMECorp seeks to revitalize communities by improving the quality of life.
In December 2013 HOMECorp sold 26 Tichenor Place to Larry Tobias and Kaitlin Still-well, local artists and former Montclair renters. The buyers paid $199,900, the full asking price. HC originally acquired this formerly foreclosed single family home in February 2013 and completed a moderate rehabilitation.
“I’ve cried a lot recently,” says Priscilla Arriaga, a former HOMECorp tenant, as she spoke from her sparkling new kitchen at Montclair Residences with her 8 year-old son, Matthew. “We just love it here!” Only a year ago, life for Ms. Arriaga and Matthew looked questionable at best. She’d lost her job and didn’t know how she would pay the rent . . .
Approximately 2.4 percent of New Jersey's population experience difficulty with daily living tasks, according to data collected by Disabled World. People with disabilities encounter challenges earning a sustainable income. As a result, locating suitable and affordable housing also presents a challenge. Our HOMECorp client, Constantine “Gus” . . .