New funding partnership to improve state-sponsored disabled group homes

(01/09/05) EWING - Thousands of disabled adults across New Jersey will get much needed repairs to their group homes thanks to a new $5.6 million funding partnership.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services is heading up the project as a way to re-invest in the $145 million originally spent on the homes. Previously, the state has not spent any money on upkeep of the homes they sponsor.

The funds are going toward repairs at more than 700 homes statewide. Teenagers in the New Jersey Youth Corps are doing most of the work. Along with basic needs like painting, the money will also be put toward restoring and building wheelchair ramps, widening doorways or any other project that makes life easier for disabled adults.

Department of Human Services members are also working on a way to set up a permanent fund to keep up with future repair work.

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