HACE 75 Year Legacy Campaign to Share Success Stories

HACE 75 Year Legacy Campaign to Share Success Stories

Raise Funds for Raymond Lesniak Recovery High School
Monday, February 10, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014

This fall, the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (HACE)  celebrated its 75 years of service in the community. From its inception, the organization has provided affordable and low income housing and services, to thousands of families and spearheaded over $200 Million in redevelopment projects.  HACE  celebrated 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”, was attended by Giant Football Legend Harry Carson, featured a 75-year timeline display, and provide the chance for guests to learn more about the high school. Guests were also treated to a behind the scenes look at Met-Life Stadium as preparations are made for the 2014 NYC/NJ Super Bowl and live entertainment was provided by Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band.

“One of the central themes of our 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign was to change the perception about public housing programs and the people we serve. Many of our residents go on to purchase homes, open businesses, attend college, and give back to the community. These success stories represent our legacy in the community, one which we look to build upon in the future," stated William Jones, Executive Director of HACE.  In addition to the fundraiser, HACE dedicated all of its fall programming to the 75th Anniversary Legacy Campaign, launching a new website, and hanging commemorative banners at housing sites. The business and local community were encouraged to become involved in the campaign and attend the event, become a sponsor, and/or nominate a tenant (past or present) to be featured in the history exhibit and legacy campaign.

“HACE is an exemplary organization that has been central to the success of key redevelopment projects in Elizabeth that have transformed obsolete public housing into modern homes for families and individuals in need. Their impact can truly be seen and experienced in the downtown “Port” area, which has experienced tremendous growth in recent years” stated Senator Raymond Lesniak, Honorary Event Chairman “I look forward to working with Prevention Links and HACE to bring the Recovery HighSchool to fruition.”

Proposed to open September 2014, the Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School Prevention Links is the primary applicant for the high 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. Parents, students, or administrators looking for admission and general information on the school can contact Pamela Capaci, Prevention Links Executive Director at732-381-4100 or Pcapaci@preventionlinks.org.The housing authority is a wonderful organization that provides affordable housing as well as health services, recreation, homeowner workshops, counseling and day-care services to the residents of our city.  I am proud to participate in their celebration andwish them continued success.” Mayor Chris Bollwage, Elizabeth NJ

For more 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.