Well when I first heard this news, I smiled and said, ”of course, we are the perfect venue for this kind of news.”
Also, the time had to be right for the town politically. Like what usually happens with our housing, we had an advocate– someone who was a West Windsor resident, and who was also a member of the Project Freedom family. Her name is Florence Cohen. Florence was a Board member for Project Freedom for many years, and an advocate for our housing in West Windsor. She served on the Affordable Housing Committee within the town, and would keep the name of Project Freedom in the forefront of any discussion regarding affordable housing. Having a family member with a disability only made it more personal for Florence when she talked about Project Freedom housing.
This is not unusual for Project Freedom to have advocates in the towns that we build. Usually we are contacted initially by parents groups who realize that when their kids get to be adults, there really isn’t any appropriate housing that will meet their needs. They want to stay in the town and want their now adult children also to live in proximity of where they grew up. This makes a lot of sense, especially for those with a disability. So, these people contact Project Freedom to see what we can do to help. And of course, if we can, we try.
So, having the Lt. Governor asking to come to announce a new housing program was really a feather in the Project Freedom hat. We have worked hard to build a housing product that fits the need, is sustainable, and is located in locations that are convenient to shops and transportation. Our West Windsor site is one that fits that bill, with the West Windsor Train station located just a couple of blocks away, and shopping found on the Princeton-Hightstown Road.
So, once again, we have created another housing community that will be open to all—especially those who use a wheelchair or who have mobility issues. The mission continues.