St. Paul's Community Development Corporation
Sr. and Sra. Javier stand in front of their new Lind Home.

For more information, contact Marlene Williams
Shelter Coordinator/Case Manager ext. 422

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Lind Homes (22 completed units of affordable housing in the Sandy Hill/5th Ward).

The mission of the St. Paul's Community Development Corporation Housing and Neighborhood Development program is to improve and revitalize the community of the 5th Ward - Sandy Hill Neighborhood here in the City of Paterson. Over the past 20 years, St. Paul's Community Development Corporation has partnered with State and Local government to fulfill this mission through the development of 34 units of affordable housing, providing workforce development to residents, and acting as a catalyst for change.

Neighborhood Revitalization-Madison Avenue Rail Station

In 2008, St. Paul's CDC was awarded a Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Planning Grant to continue to build upon our work within the Sandy Hill Neighborhood. This grant allowed St. Paul's to partner with the County of Passaic and the Paterson Parking Authority to develop a community vision centered on the forthcoming Madison Avenue Rail Station. This new transit corridor will  help to stimulate economic activity, connect residents to public transit and employment opportunities, and relieve traffic congestion. As the new commuter rail line begins to be built we will continue to be a driving force behind the design of the new development to ensure that it is beneficial to the community as a whole.

Madison Avenue Rail Study & Passaic-Bergen Rail Map 

Women Living Independently House (SRO Project)

(Pictured) Bedroom within the Women Living Independently House.

We are pleased to announce the completion of construction on the Women Living Independently House -- Single Room Occupancy Project. This project has now become a home for five formerly homeless women, giving them an opportunity to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. Building upon our own programs and partnerships with other agencies, residents will be able to take advantage of life skills training, workforce development, and educational opportunities as they become productive members of the community.

The Women Living Independently House was a gut rehabilitation project of an existing house located in the 5th Ward. It now features five private bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, and thanks to the generous donations of our supporters have been completely furnished.

Applications for the project's waiting list are now being accepted and may be downloaded by clicking the adjoining link -- download the application packet here or call to have one mailed to you.

Foreclosure Outreach

St. Paul's Community Development Corporation is working with the New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency to provide outreach services to homeowners in order to inform them of the new foreclosure mediation program and resources that are available to prevent losing your home in foreclosure. Additionally, we are providing information to tenants about their rights in the foreclosure process if their building has fallen into foreclosure. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Foreclosure Toolkit for Tenants

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Case Story: Home Sweet Home
During the construction of the Lind Homes Project, Mike Fernandez was searching the real estate market to purchase a home in Passaic County. By word of mouth from a local resident, he heard about St. Paulís creation of 22 units of affordable housing for first time homebuyers. Mike soon learned that with St. Paulís CDCís program to provide assistance with purchasing a Lind Home, he could become a homeowner at a very reasonable price.

Living in the Paterson area throughout his entire life, Mike now owns his own home, which he holds as a symbol of pride for himself and the community. ďI had been searching for a new home for quite some time, but everywhere I went prices seemed so high that it would have cost me an arm and a leg to afford,Ē said Mike. ďBut St. Paulís CDCís Lind Homes program gave me the opportunity to purchase a home that was affordable, and the support I needed to complete the paperwork.Ē