Hoboken American Legion Post 107 Commander John P. Carey and finance officer Mark Villamar provided an update on the six-unit housing project for homeless veterans.
Villamar explained that they are well on their way for a five-story, 900 square-foot housing complex, with a meeting scheduled with the New Jersey Mortgage Town Home Finance Agency scheduled for January 19.
Although he admitted that there are enough funds for demolition and to start construction, the American Legion is about one million shy from completion.
â€œI want to ask each and every council member, not only to look at your own personal contributions to charitable organizations. This is a fully tax deductible endeavor. We are a proper 501 ( C ) (19),” Villamar said during Wednesday’s council meeting.
He also asked for the council members to reach out into their â€œRolodexâ€ to contact their neighbors and other organizations who they think would want to help fund this project.
The housing will be located on 308 Second St., and it will be a mixed-used space with six units for homeless veterans, a kitchen facility, meeting rooms on the first and second floors and a laundry facility on floors three, four and five.
As Hudson County View first reported, the project was first discussed by Mayor Dawn Zimmer, County Executive Tom DeGise and many others back in March.
According to Villamar, the legion will be hosting a few fundraising events in the future, of which they are still planning, but for immediate donations please visit www.AmericanLegionPost107NJ.com.
City should have made contribution to the Veterans housing rather than for discretionary items like a theater group.