Nishuane Group, LLC. provided community engagement and facilitation services to Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp.(HOMECorp) during the preliminary phase of a multi-family residential project. HOMECorp, a (34) year old community based affordable housing development organization, to develop (6)-units of affordable housing in an older and tightly knit neighborhood in Montclair Township.
Nishuane Group facilitated engagement sessions,which were attended by over 60 individuals including residents, elected offcials and stakeholders. At each session, participants were given detailed information about the project and afforded an opportunity to ask questions and raise issues and concerns about the project. Nishuane Group was able to foster open dialogue between participants and achieved consensus on the project. A detailed report was prepared to document the dialogue. As a result of this engagement, the fears and misgivings previously expressed by residents about the scope and design of the development were addressed and HOMECorp’s commitment to the project re-affrmed.