The Agency will Receive $400,000 for Rehabilitation of a Facility

Washington, N.J., March 26, 2020 – The Arc of Warren County has been awarded a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant from The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for $400,000 for building improvements for a facility located in Washington.

This federal grant will allow the organization to address structural, drainage and heating issues at one of the Agency’s locations at the Gardner Court Apartments.  It will provide rehabilitation to the building and make improvements to allow better handicap accessibility.

“This grant will greatly benefit the Agency and the residents who live at that location,” says John Whitehead, CEO of The Arc of Warren County.  “Opportunities such as these strongly contribute to the financial health of the organization. I am very grateful that The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded these funds to rehabilitate Gardner Courts as expenses to renovate can be extremely extensive.  I would also like to take a moment to thank The Arc of Warren County’s Administrator of Property, Facilities and Equipment, Bonnie Hill, for her dedication in spearheading this project.”

Once the procurement process is completed for various contractors, architects, and engineers, an expected date to begin construction will be set.

“DCA’s Small Cities Grants are an innovative way to provide vital funding to local communities for housing rehabilitation, neighborhood revitalization, and public facilities improvement to help increase the quality of life for residents,” said DCA Commissioner, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver. “By improving overall housing situations and boosting economic opportunities, these grants are one of the best ways for us to provide benefits to some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens.” 

The Arc is a national organization that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their family members since 1950.  The Arc of Warren County is one of 700 chapters of The Arc and serves more than 1,100 people annually for the past 65 years.  Programs include residential community living arrangements, community based supports, advocacy services, recreation and summer camp, Special Olympics, training, early intervention and a wide variety of additional social services.