Willows Low-Income Rentals in Little Egg Harbor Taking Applications

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson The Willows on Oak Lane and Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor nears completion.

Lights are on in two of the five residential buildings that make up the affordable housing community of The Willows at Little Egg Harbor, and the office located in the community building is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accept applications.

The 56-unit affordable family rental community at the corner of Oak Lane and Radio Road consists of five residential buildings containing a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom rentals and a community building that will house a resident lounge and laundry facilities along with management and maintenance offices. There will be supportive services on staff for the residents as well.

The Willows is an affordable housing community with income restrictions based on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development income limits for Ocean County. There is also a Sandy victims preference, and housing voucher holders, usually veterans, are welcome to apply.

During the Feb. 8 Little Egg Harbor Township Committee meeting, Committeeman David Schlick incorrectly said the company has already filled the apartments and is taking names on a waiting list.

This is incorrect because the Ingerman Group took $9.1 million in Superstorm Sandy disaster funds to provide multifamily housing, Sandy victims who want to live in the complex have priority over other applicants during the first 90 days after the complex started taking applications on Jan. 15.

The Ingerman development firm’s application process to build on the 4.5-acre property started in 2014 and was finally approved in April 2016 by the zoning board, under a court order to comply with the affordable housing rules. Ingerman stated it would spread the word locally to Sandy victims when the time came to take applications, but township officials never made public the start of the application process during their committee meetings.

The eight-page application form states that New Jersey and Pennsylvania applicants must pay $50 and New York applicants, $75. The fees are nonrefundable.

According to the company, the apartments offer spacious floor plans, Energy Star appliances, modern fully-equipped kitchens, ample closet space, hardwood flooring, central air, private entryways, balconies and patios, off-street parking and are pet friendly. There are handicapped units available.

Applications for residency can also be found on the Ingerman Facebook page or at Ingerman.com. For more information, call 856-662-1730.

— Pat Johnson



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