Photo by Peter G. Sánchez
Curtis H. Johnson, Jr., second from left, executive director of the Camden Diocesan Services Housing Corporation, stands with, from left, Rob Curley, TD Bank, South Jersey market president; Joe Tredinnick, TD Bank regional vice president; Paige Carlson-Heim, TD Bank community development manager; Sandra Walden, CPM director of property management for the DHSC Village Apartments preservation project ; and Carlos Morales, project development manager for the preservation project. The TD Bank Charitable Foundation donated $50,000 to the DHSC Village Apartments preservation project.
CAMDEN — As part of its signature “Housing for Everyone” program, TD Bank, through its charitable giving arm, the TD Charitable Foundation, on Monday, Nov. 8, donated $50,000 to the Diocesan Housing Service Corporation of the Diocese of Camden to be used as part of its preservation project of the Village Apartments of Cherry Hill.
Drawing hundreds of proposals from housing non-profits for projects to help improve the housing environment, TD Bank’s “Housing for Everyone” grants were awarded to the non-profits looking to preserve and improve home residences through upgrades to property conditions.
Serving both low-income frail, elderly seniors and disabled individuals, the 27 year-old Village Apartments of Cherry Hill consists of nine buildings, with 148 units of affordable housing.
Due to the age of the site, its physical condition and the need to reduce operating costs to ensure long term affordability for its residents, the DHSC embarked on its current $3.9 million preservation project. Specifically, the $50,000 donated will be used for major system upgrades, including improvements to the drainage infrastructure, community room security, new interior flooring, new exterior building lighting, new energy efficient heating and cooling systems in the units, new ventilation system for bathrooms and attics; upgraded smoke and heat detectors system for all units; and connections to a proposed solar field on the St. Mary’s Campus, which houses the Village Apartments and three other diocesan buildings.
The Village Apartments is the first of two major preservation projects being undertaken by the DHSC over the next three years.
“We appreciate our partnership with TD Bank, that will help us maintain the apartments for our (residents), for a long time to come,” said Curtis H. Johnson, Jr., executive director of the Diocesan Housing Services Corporation.