To the Editor,

The Affordable Housing Alliance of Eatontown (AHA) has been committed to serving the community through affordable housing programs for the last 20 years. In the face of Superstorm Sandy and the devastating impact it has had on our local communities, AHA has responded by creating several initiatives to meet the needs of Sandy survivors. We are requesting your assistance in promoting the newest of these valuable programs to your readership, the Homeshare Program.

As the one year anniversary of Sandy is upon us, many individuals remain displaced and struggle to find affordable housing options in our area. In addition, homeowners suffer under the financial strain of rebuilding their home while continuing to meet their mortgage commitment. At this time AHA is pleased to announce a unique initiative that addresses these affordable housing needs. AHA is currently accepting applications for the new HomeShare program which matches homeseekers with home providers. 

Simply described, AHA’s HomeShare program provides an opportunity for residents in Monmouth counties who have additional space in their homes to provide a room (or rooms) to individuals in need of affordable housing in exchange for rent or services. Homesharing has had tremendous success around the world. It has proved to prevent homelessness and foreclosure and is designated to improve participants’ financial situations and living circumstances.

As part of the HomeShare program, AHA is proudly partnering with Americorps as well. AHA is currently seeking host families to provide a place to stay for Americorps volunteers as they are deployed to local towns to continue to assist with rebuilding efforts. This is a valuable way local community members can participate in Sandy recovery.

AHA appreciates the responsibility our local press has taken in highlighting the needs of our community members and connecting them to the much needed resources through media coverage.  With your help we can get the word out about these vital initiatives our Sandy recovery team is working on. AHA staff is available to conduct interviews and provide details to your reporters in the field.  More information can also be found at www.housingall.org.

Thank you for your continued support.

Stefanie Wynne, MSW 
Assistant Director of Housing Outreach Services 
Affordable Housing Alliance