United Way | Ridgewood
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Offering supportive and independent living options to adults with developmental disabilities

“We couldn’t be happier to build in the heart of downtown Ridgewood. It offers so much to its residents and we are happy to share that with 16 individuals with developmental disabilities.”
– Shari DePalma & Tom Toronto
Bergen County’s United Way and
Madeline Housing Partners, LLC

Located in the heart of downtown, this affordable community will benefit from close proximity to all the amenities that Ridgewood has to offer.  With so many local businesses, residents are sure to find an employment opportunity that meets their needs and abilities.

The Village provides top notch public services all within walking distance, such as parks and recreational space, emergency services, AccessLink and the library.  The latter offers free internet and computer access in addition to educational programs and enriching events.

Bergen County’s United Way and Madeline Corporation were pleased to partner with the Village of Ridgewood to increase its affordable offerings.  After numerous meetings with stakeholders and community members alike, the Village decided they would like its affordable units to be designed for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Soon, the hunt began for the perfect location.

With the help of Onyx Properties, a site for the community was secured with a 31-year lease.  The site is under construction and will be ready for tenants in the summer of 2020.

This community was designed by Virgona+Virgona Architects, an architectural firm that has a combined 60 years of experience in the field and expertise special needs housing.

Living options include 8 independent living apartments on the second floor of the iconic Sealfon’s building and 2 group homes.

The independent living apartments will be a good match for individuals who desire independence and are comfortable living with only moderate support available through visitations with the service provider of their choice.  These apartments offer ample living space, a full kitchen, a private bedroom and an in-unit washer and dryer.  Apartments average 800 square feet.

The group homes would complement the needs of individuals who require 24/7 support.  This support will be available through a qualified provider of the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

The development is equipped with a stunning community room.  During the demolition process, the crew unearthed a skylight rotunda, which had been a feature of the original building.  The architect modified the plans to incorporate this magnificent design element and residents are sure to enjoy the results.

Applications will be available in May 2020.

For questions or to request an application by mail, please call 201-291-0619.