Project Freedom breaks ground on second community in Hamilton
By Community Bulletin
Project Freedom recently joined with local officials as they broke ground on their second community in Hamilton Township — Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods.
Project Freedom’s new development, called Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods, will have 72 units and be located at Justice Samuel A. Alito Way & Whitehorse Mercerville Road. The location is situated near Hamilton’s Public Library, Hamilton’s Police Station and the Hamilton Area YMCA.
Attending the groundbreaking included Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th, County Executive Brian Hughes, Councilman Anthony Carabelli and Melanie R. Walter, executive director of New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
“This truly has been a partnership from all levels of government working together with community organizations to make today possible – from the federal, state, county and municipal levels,” Martin said. “On behalf of Hamilton, we again welcome Project Freedom to the town and we look forward to many years of continuing partnership.”
Project Freedom, a non-profit organization founded in Hamilton by Executive Director Norman Smith, develops and operates barrier-free housing to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently. Supportive services such as recreation, training, and advocacy are also offered.
From the start, Project Freedom was supported by Hamilton resident and late State Sen. “Franny” McManimon and the late Mayor Jack Rafferty, who helped shed light on individuals with disabilities.
Freedom Village at Hamilton Woods is the twelfth development for the organization. This past October marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Project Freedom’s first Hamilton complex. The 48 apartments have provided the foundation for tenants to be employed, have families, and enjoy the Hamilton community.
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