Camp Salute housing opens in Clayton
A low-income apartment complex in Clayton welcomed its first tenants after more than seven years in the making.
The Camp Salute Affordable Housing Project, a joint venture between nonprofit People for People Foundation of Gloucester County and Conifer Realty, provides housing for low- to moderate-income families, with preference given to veterans. The eight building complex includes 76 units and will feature a veteran’s memorial area.
The $20 million project was financed by the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.
Wanda DeShields, an Air Force veteran who served from 1982-1987, said she and her daughter will be moving into one of the new two bedroom units.
“As a single parent it has been so hard to find affordable permanent housing in a place where there is a good school district for my daughter,” said DeShields, who just received her degree in Social Work from Rutgers. “After all these years, things are really starting to look up for me and my family. I am so grateful for the people who put this together.”
Workshops and support groups will be provided to tenants on-site by People for People, who will be headquartered on the premises.
Bernadette Blackstock, president of People for People Foundation, said many of the apartments have already been rented.
“We are hoping people help to spread the word so we can fill them by the end of the year,” Blackstock said.
People for People was founded in 2003 by community leaders to provide financial and advocacy assistance to South Jersey residents and was expanded in 2010 to include veterans across the state.
The community was built in memory of WW II veteran JP Blackstock, who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and was permanently disfigured in later battle. Blackstock received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and multiple Purple Hearts and spent the remainder of his life volunteering on behalf of veterans.