PHOTO: Worden Dixon seeing his furniture for the first time. He received a sofa, 2 end tables, a large TV cabinet, a dining room table and two upholstered chairs for the table, as well as the seat-and-a- half to his right. He already had bedroom furniture. Maria Maio-Messano, HUD Field Office Director and William Eaton, ED of Washington Manor are standing to his left.
Long Branch, NJ, 11-16-15- Today, formerly homeless Vietnam veteran Worden Dixon, received a donation of furniture arranged by JAHMA, the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association AND Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey. Dixon had been living in a boarding house in Asbury Park and was referred to Washington Manor by Soldier On.
Washington Manor, a HUD-subsidized apartment building for low income seniors and disabled residents, instituted a veteran preference after the building underwent $3 million in renovations and was rededicated last May. Veterans that apply for an apartment are placed in every third spot on the waiting list. Six veterans have moved in since then.
“I am proud to be able to serve our veterans with Washington Manor’s veteran preference and thrilled that we were able to arrange for Worden Dixon to have the furniture he needed,” said William Eaton, Executive Director of Washington Manor Associates Ltd. “We are aware of the need for affordable housing among seniors and disabled New Jerseyans and will continue committed to assisting our tenants and do all we can so they can thrive.”
Dr. Bruce Johnson from JAHMA was in attendance, as well as HUD New Jersey Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano, who has been working with New Jersey Mayors across the State to eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
“I am pleased that veteran Worden Dixon not only has a home to call his own in Washington Manor, but that he has furnishings that will allow him to live in the comfort and dignity he deserves,” said Maria Maio-Messano, HUD New Jersey Field Office Director.” Washington Manor is assisting HUD in reach its goal set by the Mayors Challenge of eliminating veteran homelessness by the end of this year. Congratulations and thank you to all involved for improving the lives of our U.S. veterans.”
The building, that sits on the Jersey Shore beach, a block away from amenities at Pier Village, receives project-based Section 8 housing subsidies to serve low to moderate income tenants. The Section 8 contract was renewed in 2011 for 20 years. Seniors and disabled residents never pay more than 30 percent of their income.