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Very Special Homes

Building Homes・Building Community・Building Futures

In partnership with the non-profit affordable housing developer, the Madeline Corporation, we build Very Special Homes© that profoundly affect the lives of the working families, veterans, older adults and individuals with developmental disabilities who call them home.

Assisting residents to reach their fullest potential and to lead a life of dignity and self-reliance is demonstration of our impact. Inclusion and integration; assuring their rightful place as community members, as well as individual choice and control of life decisions and daily living activities are the drivers that compel us. Our model represents a full continuum from congregate living to rental apartments where consumer choice prevails.

“I knew Ramsey had distinguished itself as a caring community when one of the parents came up to me at the Ribbon-cutting and said, ‘this is the answer to my prayers.’ This is the proudest achievement of my 7 years as Mayor.”
– Former Mayor Christopher Botta, Ramsey

Housing Opportunities

We do not maintain a waiting list, but if you are interested in applying for housing opportunities stay connected with us to get news and updates!

Our Projects

We put our full attention and efforts toward creating solutions to our community’s most pressing problems. The need for safe, affordable, special needs housing is one. In 2005, Bergen County’s United Way, in partnership with second-generation non-profit affordable housing developer, the Madeline Corporation, pioneered the concept of special homes for very special people and today we continue to deliver on that commitment.

We create quality and sustainable housing. Our award winning designs look great and are remarkably affordable. To date, the partnership has developed 317 units of affordable housing in 25 separate projects and there are more in the pipeline.

Your contribution goes straight to work.

Together, we are transforming lives and the future we share. Thank you.