75th Anniversary

This fall, the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (HACE) celebrates 75 years of service in the community. From its inception in 1938, the organization has provided affordable and low income housing and services, to thousands of families and spearheaded over $200Million in redevelopment projects. HACE will celebrate the occasion with a 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign to share tenant success stories and highlight past and current projects.

As a major part of the campaign, HACE has partnered with Prevention Links, a 501c3 organization, to raise funds in support of opening the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School with a special reception at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6pm. The event, entitled “HACE presents The Big Game Experience”, will be attended by Giant Football Legend Harry Carson, feature a 75-year timeline display, and provide the chance for guests to learn more about the charter high school. Guests will also be treated to a behind the scenes look at MetLife Stadium as preparations are made for the2014 NYC/NJ Super Bowl and live entertainment by Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band.

In addition to the fundraiser, HACE will dedicate all of its fall programming to the 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign, launch a new website, and hang commemorative banners at housing sites. The business and local community are encouraged to become involved in the campaign by attending an event, becoming a sponsor, or nominating a tenant (past or present) to be featured in the history exhibit and legacy campaign.

Proposed to open September 2014, the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School will be located in the HACE community center located at 688 Maple Avenue in Elizabeth. Prevention Links is the primary applicant for the charter school. The school would serve up to 125 high school students with substance-abuse problems, offering an integrated academic and recovery support curriculum designed to help young people seeking a sober life. The project is being supported by New Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Yale University School of Medicine, and local leaders.

For general and sponsorship information about the HACE 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign or “HACE presents: The Big Game Experience” contact Barbara Johnson, HACE Director of Administration & Finance at 908-965-2400 x 113 or via email at bjohnson@hacenj.com.