About Us

Mission

The Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation (RCHP-AHC) provides affordable housing, supportive services, and connection to meaningful community for homeless and low-income individuals and families in central New Jersey.

Vision

We envision a New Jersey where individuals and families who have experienced hardship not only rebuild their lives, but thrive.

Programs & People

RCHP-AHC oversees programs that serve vulnerable populations, such as refugees, asylum seekers, re-entering citizens, and foreign national victims of trafficking.  For more in-depth information about the programs listed below, check out our Programs tab.

 

Housing for Homeless & Low-Income NJ Residents  RCHP-AHC owns 25 properties in 7 different municipalities in central NJ that house diverse low-income tenants, including veterans, women aging out of foster care, developmentally disabled adults, homeless youth, chronically homeless individuals, and others with significant life challenges. We also rent an additional 260 units across 13 NJ counties, and serve as a temporary intermediary for families – including refugees, asylum seekers, and re-entering citizens – who would otherwise be unable to secure an apartment rental due to poor (or no) credit history, temporary unemployment, or other factors.

Accompany Now! provides case management and home visits that support unaccompanied minors – children who have crossed the southern US border without a parent or who have been separated from a parent – who are placed with families in NJ.

RCHP-AHC’s Asylum Seeker Housing Program is designed to provide safe, stable and affordable housing for individuals and families who are in the process of seeking political asylum in the US, as well as support and resources to help clients achieve self-sufficiency.

Global Grace Health Be the Change NJ is a mobile COVID vaccine and testing program that focuses on serving low-income and underserved   populations including recently arrived refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, human trafficking survivors, undocumented persons, homeless veterans and individuals returning from prison. Mobile pop-up clinics visit farmers markets, street fairs, factories, businesses, faith communities – anywhere there is a gathering place where people can receive COVID information, testing, and vaccines.

Interfaith-RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Support & Empowerment) is a US State Department refugee resettlement program that works with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to receive and place refugees from around the world into caring communities in central NJ. Interfaith-RISE is supported by a coalition of over 50 partners from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and other faith and community groups.

RCHP-AHC’s Re-Entry Housing Program is designed to provide safe, stable and affordable housing for individuals that are leaving incarceration and transitioning back into the community. We understand that finding a stable place to live can be a major challenge for those reentering society, and we’re here to help.

Still Waters provides supportive services and case management for people who have been subjected to human trafficking. Survivors of labor trafficking or sex trafficking need multiple forms of assistance including securing basic needs, as well as health, economic, and legal assistance.

Our History

In the summer of 2005, the Reformed Church of Highland Park began supporting a church family to become foster parents. Through learning about the foster care system and the hardships faced when youth “age out” of the system at 18 years of age without having secured a permanent home, Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale, co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, and their congregation began to dream about what supporting these youth might look like.

In May 2006, the church formed a 501c3 non-profit corporation – The Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation – to begin construction on Irayna Court, a 7-unit apartment suite for women aging out of foster care, located on the roof of the church building. Irayna Court opened in February 2008, and in the years since this first project, RCHP-AHC has developed affordable housing units in Newark, Bridgewater, Plainfield, Edison, Highland Park, New Brunswick, Somerset, Keyport, Iselin, South River, and Princeton.

These projects serve individuals and families who are diverse in every way, and who benefit from our Housing First model – we believe that people need safe, affordable housing in order to work on other areas of their lives. Without housing, it is difficult to find and keep a job, help your kids succeed in school, get medical care and/or be treatment compliant, enroll in educational or training programs, pursue family reunification, seek or sustain substance abuse treatment, and many others. Decent, affordable housing enables people and families to grow and thrive.

The Community’s Role in Ending Homelessness

RCHP-AHC believes faith communities are uniquely positioned to provide affordable housing and intentional, compassionate community support for our neighbors in New Jersey who need it most. Partners at the municipal, county, state and federal levels have come to share this belief. With significant volunteer contributions from faith communities and the energy that comes from cohesive local effort, we provide quality projects in a fiscally responsible, cost-efficient manner. RCHP-AHC seeks vouchers to help underwrite the cost of rent, so that it might be affordable to very low-income New Jerseyans, and we have found other creative ways to charge low rent for non-vouchered tenants. Faith communities act as conduits connecting us to networks of potential support services that exist in various communities where we have housing, and we intentionally connect tenants to these networks.