The Madeline Corporation and Bergen County’s United Way, both non-profit organizations with over 60 years of continuous service to the community, formed a partnership in 2004 to address the housing crisis in New Jersey by providing safe, affordable housing for families, seniors and individuals with special needs.

We manage all aspects of project development including multi-layered financing, site acquisition, new construction, renovation, revitalization, and property management, as well as, service coordination for our special needs projects. We are one of the few developers in New Jersey that provide the full spectrum of affordable housing from supportive housing to rental to affordable homeownership.

We create quality and sustainable housing. Our award winning designs are state and national models. In 2010, our Orchard Commons Special Needs Housing in Allendale, NJ, received the Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award for Best Supportive Housing. Ten adults with developmental disabilities now live independently for the first time in their lives.

In 2013, our Airmount Woods Special Needs Housing in Ramsey, NJ, earned the Innovation in Supportive Housing Award from the Supportive Housing Association of NJ. Airmount Woods is the first development of its kind in the country. In July 2014, nine adults with high-need autism made it their home.

In 2015, Dina’s Dwellings, an adaptive reuse of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick sanctuary received two design awards. The project, which will house survivors of domestic violence, was nominated by Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director of the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for the Innovation Award from the Supportive Housing Association of NJ. The League of Municipalities also awarded Dina’s Dwelling for Innovation in Governance. The nomination was made by New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill.

Ours is an established record of collaboration and trust with municipal, county and state leaders. Collectively, we have secured $30 million in funding as valued partners of:

We are valued partners of:
• New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
• New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
• New Jersey Department of Human Services
• US Department of Housing and Urban Development
• Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
• Bergen County Community Development HOME and CDBG Programs
• City of New Brunswick HOME Program
• Municipal Housing Trust Funds

Shari DePalma Executive Director, Madeline Corporation shariShari DePalma is an experienced not-for-profit affordable housing developer who has completed over 500 rental, homeownership and special needs units during her 25 years in the field. Madeline Corporation is the 501(c)(3) organization she helped found in 1995 for the sole purpose of providing safe, affordable housing for families, seniors and special needs individuals. Shari serves as a member of the New Jersey Community Development Association and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, and is on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Against Homelessness of Bergen County, Inc.

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