(Newark, NJ – February 6, 2020) Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark is pleased to announce a $50,000 grant from the Kislak Family Foundation of Miami Lakes, Florida. The grant will support the building or rehabbing of homes to benefit low- to moderate-income families in Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.
“New Jersey is a great place to live and work,” said Jason Pucci, COO of New Jersey-based The Kislak Company, Inc. “Since our company’s founding as a real estate brokerage firm in Hoboken in 1906, we’ve been involved in nearly all aspects of the New Jersey real estate market. We see this grant as continuing our late Chairman Jay Kislak’s legacy of mindful and meaningful philanthropy through supporting home ownership in the state where our company began.”
Habitat of Greater Newark’s latest projects include two new homes in Livingston, NJ, and Critical Repair programs in the cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, and Jersey City.
Over 100 families have benefited from Habitat of Greater Newark homes built with generous donations from individuals, families, corporations, foundations and faith-based organizations and with support from thousands of volunteers and other local non-profit organizations over the years.
Through its Critical Repair and Healthy Home Initiative, Habitat of Greater Newark also identifies and fixes barriers to safe and healthy living conditions such as mold and asbestos. By providing targeted repairs and improvements such as energy-saving measures and aging-in-place functionality, Habitat of Greater Newark works to keep low income families, seniors, and veterans in the homes that they already own.
“This grant serves as validation of the work we do,” says Habitat of Greater Newark CEO Jeffrey J. Farrell. “It’s simply amazing to have our work in affordable housing and home rehabilitation recognized by a company that’s been active in New Jersey real estate for over a hundred years.”
Tom Bartelmo, CEO of the Kislak Family Foundation, said, “In business and in philanthropy, we at Kislak understand how important it is for people to have safe, comfortable homes where their families can thrive. We are proud to support the community-building, family-focused work of Habitat for Humanity.”
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, serving Essex, Hudson, and Union counties, was established in 1986 as a nonprofit dedicated to building simple, decent homes for low- and moderate-income families in Newark and Essex County, New Jersey. Habitat of Greater Newark builds homes with hardworking Partner Families who supply at least 200 hours of sweat equity.
To become a Partner Family, to volunteer or to donate, visit HabitatNewark.org
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, founded in 1986, is dedicated to building decent homes for low-income families in Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Using volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat has helped many low-income families move into new homes. Partner families contribute sweat equity to their homes.