DCA Commissioner Grifa Joins Volunteers to Build Children's Playground in Paterson
Children of Eva’s Village Will Have Safe, Fun Place to Play
“The children of Eva’s Village worked very hard and put extensive thought and creativity into this project,” said Commissioner Grifa. “They deserve a safe and inviting place to play that is within walking distance, and they now have that thanks to an enthusiastic, energetic group of volunteers. This playground will encourage outside activities, which are so vital to the physical and social health of children.”
The DCA and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, a DCA affiliate, provided more than $11 million in financing for Eva’s Village through a combination of state and federal funding programs. Eva’s Village, which opened in December 2010, provides 50 units of affordable housing to disadvantaged families, homeless or transitional individuals, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. To meet the residents’ needs, the building is equipped with all essential utilities, including full bathrooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, security features, and an elevator. With the addition of the new playground, Eva’s Village is now equipped to meet children’s needs as well.
For more information on Eva’s Village Inc., the Paterson-based social service organization that co-developed the affordable housing community, visit www.evasvillage.org.