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The JCHA HOPE VI Team completely transformed our existing Curries Woods public housing "project"
-- an isolated, obsolete, poverty-concentrated, 712-unit public housing high-rise monolith --
which does not and cannot work, into the new, 298-unit Curries Woods "Community of Opportunity" work.
The Revitalization Plan Components
- Overall density reduction from 712 to 298 units.
- Phased demolition of six of seven original high-rise buildings.
- Phased new construction of 207 lower density, high-quality townhouses, including three homeownership units.
- Construction of three single family homes and sale to three public housing families.
- Substantial redesign and rehabilitation of one high-rise (91 units) for senior citizens and for persons with disabilities.
- Phased relocation of site residents, minimizing off-site displacement for responsible residents; and where necessary, Section 8 assistance for residents temporarily moving or choosing to relocate off-site.
- A completely redesigned site plan, with a large multi-purpose community center, new City and private streets, a professionally-landscaped community rock garden and new on-site maintenance facilities.
- Lafayette Village - 124 townhouses were completed in 2002 and are managed by a private management company as a mixed-income, mixed-finance rental development, which includes 77 public housing units, 24 affordable tax credit units, 23 market rate units, and a multi-purpose community club house.
- Gloria Robinson Court Homes I & II – 144 mixed-income, mixed-finance rental apartments and community space are currently under construction in two phases at the A. Harry Moore public housing site. These two phases were partially funded by Curries Woods HOPE VI grant funds targeted to off-site development
Resident Welfare-to-Work/Self-Sufficiency Initiatives
Our HOPE VI Team transformed the demographic profile and perception of public housing residents and communities. The JCHA increased the number of working families at Curries Woods primarily through the Self-Sufficiency initiatives centered at the on-site Community Revitalization Center. (The number of employed families at Curries Woods increased from 35% to 67%). At Lafayette Village, the JCHA used new tenant selection priorities to achieve more economically diverse communities from the start. The same will be done at Gloria Robinson Court Homes.
The HOPE VI Revitalization Plan included the construction of the Community Revitalization Center , where both on-site activities and off-site job linkages are in one place - a "one-stop" center for educational, job readiness, employment and family support activities and programs. Initiatives include: computer training facilities for adults and children, early childhood care and education, After School Programs, Job Readiness Workshops, Section 3 and private sector trade apprenticeship training and employment opportunities. An early education wing of the building houses two Pre-Kindergarten classes and one Kindergarten class, funded and operated by Jersey City Public Schools.
Management Policies and Programs
Our long-term management plan for the new Curries Woods and off-site development is well grounded in the JCHA's twenty years of organizational integrity and professional capacity, results orientation, extensive resident partnership and site-based operating principles and practices. The JCHA implemented programs and policies to achieve: greater economic diversity, with a majority of employed families, improved resident safety and security, homeownership opportunities and increased resident responsibility.
Examples include: site-based waiting lists, flat rents, new employment income exemptions from rent determination, local admission preferences for working families, tiered income targeting, community service positions, effective enforcement of
"One Strike and You're Out"
lease provisions, and site-based policing.
Achievement of our Revitalization Plan objectives have done nothing less than dramatically change the physical form and demographic face of public housing in Jersey City.