The DACKKs Group for Supportive Housing Development, a Bergen County, New Jersey, charity, is dedicated to helping the homeless make the transition to independent living. Our mission is simple. With the help of dedicated volunteers and the financial support from government and foundation grants, and private donors, we purchase properties throughout the Bergen County area , such as condominium units, single– and multi-family homes. These units are rented to people working to overcome homelessness and living with disabilities for thirty percent of their income…whatever their income.
The DACKKs Group for Supportive Housing Development is tremendously grateful for your generous support over the years. With your help, we have been able to provide 37 homeless families and individuals of Bergen County with safe, decent and affordable homes. So it is with great excitement that I announce the next chapter in our on-going mission to provide more housing to more in need… The DACKKs Group and Vantage Health System have signed a merger agreement. The DACKKs Group for Supportive Housing will become a Division of Vantage Health System. The effective date is expected soon.
Our reasons for choosing to align with Vantage are many.
Like us, Vantage Health System is a private not for profit 501 © 3 charitable organization. In operation since 1957, it is a system of community-based facilities and programs located in Bergen County, NJ, annually providing services to over 3,000 children, adolescents, adults and elders with mental health, addiction, developmental and eldercare challenges.
Vantage offers a full range of clinical services designed to meet the individual needs of those who seek its assistance. They draw on the experience and diversity of 120 professional and credentialed staff, including board certified psychiatrists, an Advance Practice Psychiatric Nurse, licensed clinical social workers, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, Korean– and Spanish-speaking licensed professional counselors, registered nurses and many other professional and paraprofessional staff.
Like us, Vantage prides itself on developing permanent housing for special needs individuals in Bergen County.
Vantage owns and operates 8 homes serving 71 adults with a mental illness in long term, transitional and permanent supportive housing. Additionally, it provides in-home support services to over 50 individuals living in their own apartments, some of whom are DACKKs tenants!
Vantage recently built a $3.5 million supportive housing apartment building for homeless adults with mental illness. The Van Sciver Supportive Housing Project, located in Closter, NJ, is a 16 efficiency unit residence. This ambitious endeavor has earned Vantage several prestigious awards, including recognition as the first GOLD LEED certified affordable housing project for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey under NJHMFA’s Special Needs Housing Trust Fund from the New Jersey Chapter of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building
Council); the Supportive Housing Project Award from the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, and, just this month, the Leading Supportive Housing Development through Creative Partnerships Award at the Governor’s Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Conference in Atlantic City. Vantage’s newest program, Opening Doors, is funded by a $2.5 million HUD grant which focuses on housing for homeless families with school-aged children. Combining the resources of both of our organizations will enable Vantage to meet future challenges and the growing demand for affordable housing.
And like us, in addition to sharing the same values and mission, Vantage is committed to quality care and service delivery.
DACKKs’ choice was clear. Our belief, shared by Vantage –that everyone deserves a safe, decent, affordable place to live regardless of their income– is unwavering. By coming together, our ability to provide a leg up, not a handout to people in need will not only continue but become even stronger.
It has been with your generous support that we have been able to fulfill our mission over the last fourteen years. And, going forward, when you support Vantage, the DACKKs Group supportive housing projects will grow even more.
On Monday, November 17,2014, at The Brick House, we will join with Vantage to celebrate this important merger and introduce our loyal supporters to Vicki Sidrow, Vantage’s President and CEO, and members of their board of trustees. John Cavan and Bettina Fowler, DACKKs Board members, will join Vantage’s Board of Trustees. I will serve as an Emeritus Trustee and consultant.
Please come and support this exciting new venture. We look forward to seeing you there!
All the best,
Karen E. Amy
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