Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson recognizes the immense need for supportive housing. In February 2000, Straight & Narrow opened a 23-unit independent living apartment facility for low-income individuals with special medical needs. In May of 2003, Straight & Narrow celebrated the opening of a second facility, a new, 50-unit apartment complex for homeless men and women who have special medical needs.
The apartments include one-room efficiencies and two-room units designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Each apartment offers a private bathroom, two-burner stove, refrigerator and sink. Live-in staff and security are present 24 hours a day. The Straight & Narrow Apartments offer residents access to on-site counseling and support groups, financial counseling, medical support, recreational activities and linkages to other related services and support systems. Group social and recreational activities are held in the multi-purpose room of each apartment complex. Residents of the Straight & Narrow apartments may also choose to participate in Straight & Narrow’s Medical Day Care program.
Since this property was built or renovated using funding from HUD's current Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program or legacy Section 202 program, residency is usually restricted to households earning 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or less with at least one adult member with a disability. Tenants pay rent based on household income. This rent is usually the highest of the following three amounts: either 30% adjusted monthly income, or 10% unadjusted monthly income, or, if receiving welfare assistance, the housing costs portion of this assistance.
Generally, households earning up to the income limit in the table below for their household size are eligible for units participating in a HUD rental assistance program in Paterson but actual income limits may differ for units at Straight and Narrow Apartments.
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