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HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES INC

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Homeless & Housing

Location

15 SOUTH ESSEX AVEREARORANGE, NJ 07050 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

HANDS' mission is to keep the neighborhoods of Orange and East Orange places where people can and do choose to raise their family and run their business. We amplify neighborhood voices and implement the ideas that elevate the quality of community life. HANDS invests expertise and funds in places where the private sector sees insufficient return and in projects that the public sector has not yet prioritized.

Description

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a 35-year-old nonprofit recognized as an innovator in resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. We work in Orange, NJ and nearby to amplify the underappreciated strengths of income-constrained residents and organizations. Our goal is to help them build up and sustain healthy neighborhoods that provide economic, educational and cultural opportunities and outcomes rivaling those found in more affluent towns and cities.

We work toward our vision by building safe and healthy affordable housing for residents and affordable commercial space for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We bolster our economic development activity with innovative community empowerment initiatives that seek to inspire neighbors to cultivate their inherent assets to help build a JUST and BEAUTIFUL CITY.

To achieve that vision in these times, HANDS recognizes that we must take on a driving force behind an array of interconnected impediments to revitalization: the huge and growing disparity in wealth and income between residents of cities like Orange and residents of more affluent towns. We are linking our longstanding commitment to addressing the lack of decent affordable housing with new efforts on the economic development front to build personal, family and neighborhood income and wealth in the neighborhoods we serve.

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