Friday, July 8, 2011

New Affordable For-Rent Housing Coming to Middleton

by Damika Webb

The Township of Middletown hereby announces that eighteen (18) affordable housing units which will be available for rent at “Harmony Glenn” development. The housing is available through Harmony Glen Affordable Housing Corporation and is eligible to low and moderate-income households. The housing development is located on Chance Drive in Middletown, Exit 109 off of the Garden State Parkway. The housing that is available through this construction phase range in price from $601 to $1,402 per month rent, plus utilities, and are two and three bedroom units.

Although any income eligible households may apply, residents and workers of Ocean, Monmouth and Mercer Counties will be selected before residents of other New Jersey counties or other states. All units will be subject to a public lottery to income-eligible applicants. In accordance with New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) . rules, only appropriately sized families will be placed in available units.

In order to qualify, the combined household income must be below $38,040 for a one person household, $43,440 for a two person household, $48,900 for a three person household and $54,300 for a four person household, $58,680 for a five person household and $63,000 for a six person household. A minimum income of 2 1/2 times the monthly rent is required and should not exceed 35% of the total households’ income for unit to be affordable.

Applicants will be required to show proof of residency and/or employment as well as all required household income documentation in order to qualify. All successful applicants will be required to maintain the unit as the family’s primary residence.

All applicants will be required to pass a credit report review, a criminal screening, a quality of life interview and abide by complex rules and regulations. For example, this complex does not allow for any pets. Interested persons are to call Rehabco Inc., the Township’s Affordable Housing Administrative Agent, at (732) 477-7750 in order to receive an authorized application.

A deadline date of July 15, 2011 is established for all applications to be filed with Rehabco, Inc. Applicants who have received notices of an incomplete applications will be granted ten (10) days in which to fully respond. It is anticipated that units will be ready for occupancy by July 22, 2011.

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