Abandoned Building Becomes Affordable Housing - My9 New Jersey

Abandoned Building Becomes Affordable Housing

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Two abandoned buildings in New Jersey’s biggest city were rehabilitated into affordable housing for low income residents thanks to the city of Newark, the Urban League of Essex County, and many other community groups.

A house warming was held the other day for both buildings. Newark Mayor Luis Quintana, City Council President Mildred Crump, and other City Council members were present.

This area was hit especially hard with foreclosures. Most buildings in the area are city owned, but abandoned.

Joi Davis, one of the new homeowners, was excited to be living in one of the new buildings. “You know when your broke you got to try to make it the best way you can. So I had no money starting out. And the Urban League helped me out, and here I am,” she said.

Mayor Quintana says that unlike his predecessor, Senator Cory Booker, he was going to be more active in the community. “I have a different opinion and a different style than what he has done. I’m a hands on versus someone who basically depends on others,” he said.

Quintana is hoping to see more neighborhoods in Newark transformed just like these two affordable living buildings. He believes this will help the city move forward in a positive way.

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