Vision 20/20 good for Hoboken

Letter: Hoboken needs the Vision 20/20 Project

Hoboken411 Letter to the Editor for June 13, 2013:

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my support for the Vision 20/20 project, a proposed plan to upgrade the Hoboken Housing Authority facilities, which are over 60 years old, and revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods.”

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“As you may be aware, my involvement in local politics began over a decade ago as a community activist for responsible and balanced development. As a mother of two daughters, I wanted a Hoboken that not only provided a small-town neighborhood feel, but also opportunities for our residents who come from all different backgrounds. Over the years I have gotten to know many of residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy my family and I spent a great deal of time in the Housing Authority to assist residents. Many families were left without electricity, heat, and hot water for over a week. The need for updated, modern facilities has never been clearer.

The Vision 20/20 project will provide state-of-the-art affordable housing for our senior citizens and working class families who reside in the Hoboken Housing Authority. It will be funded by three sources: $7.3 million from the low income housing tax credit program, $3.4 million from Community Development Block Grant program, and a $1.9 million loan from the New Jersey Housing Mortgage and Finance Agency.

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies. The Vision 20/20 Project was the recipient of New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Award for its comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy.

Here are several reasons why Vision 20/20 was the recipient of the award and why I believe the project deserves support from our community.

  1. The project will insure that no current resident is displaced and, at the same time, provide for a variety of mixed-income housing options.
  2. It will allow for upward mobility within the neighborhood and allow residents of all income levels an opportunity for a better future.
  3. The new buildings will be hurricane resistant, and there will be increased parking and double the open space.
  4. The project will allow all residents equal access to facilities for recreation, transit, early childhood education, retail space, shops and restaurants, and community program space for job skills training.

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“As a public servant, I am dedicated to supporting balanced revitalization plans that allow all residents of our community equal opportunities that help make our community an even better place to live and raise a family.

The importance of this project is so obvious that no matter what your eyesight is you can see it with 20/20 Vision.

Beth Mason
2nd Ward Councilwoman”

(Note: Here’s a video showing HHA residents who have been attending City Council meetings to voice their support for the project, and many have noted that Beth Mason is always there to stand up for the HHA residents).

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