Soldier On helps homeless veterans find homes in Tinton Falls NJ

Soldier On helps homeless veterans find homes in Tinton Falls NJ


TINTON FALLS – Soldier On’s Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Village on Essex Road is about five months from giving homes to homeless veterans. 

Bruce Buckley, CEO of Soldier On who was on site Wednesday, said the first residents should be moved in by Nov. 1. He said they have enough candidates on the waiting list to fill the 70 single-bedroom apartments that make up the village. 

“We know the struggles veterans face. Roughly 90% of veterans who move into our permanent housing are successful. And I’ll define success to mean that 10 years later, they’re still living with us,” Buckley said. 

The Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community is a new apartment building that is under construction. The 70 unit building will provide permanent housing for veterans including those who are transitioning from homelessness. Bruce Buckley, CEO of Soldier On, one of the organizations making this possible, gives a tour of the construction site.                                       
Tinton Falls, NJ
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The veterans on the list are a mix of chronically homeless, at-risk and low-income vets from Monmouth, Ocean and seven other counties across the state for which Soldier On provides services.  

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There are over 400,000 veterans in New Jersey, out of which 551 are homeless, according to 2019 data from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. 

“This operation is long overdue in this area and it is the right way to help veterans who are homeless,” said Gary Baldwin a former Tinton Falls councilman and Air Force veteran who was influential in bringing Soldier On to Tinton Falls along with many other past and current elected officials. 

$1 deal

Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian Burry contacted Soldier On in 2011 to bring veteran housing to the county.

A site was scouted for, but not found at Fort Monmouth. In 2016, Soldier On was offered a 13-acre parcel on Essex Road for $1 by the borough under the leadership of former Mayor Gerald Turning. 

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The Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community is a new apartment building that is under construction. The 70 unit building will provide permanent housing for veterans including those who are transitioning from homelessness. Mark Allen, project manager for PS&S architecture and engineering, gives a tour of the construction site.                                       
Tinton Falls, NJ
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

That land was originally donated to the borough by Seabrook Village to satisfy its affordable housing requirement.

Soldier On, a nonprofit from Leeds, Massachusetts, committed to ending veteran homelessness, partnered with WinnCompanies on the project.  The general contractor is Scozzari & Sons and PS & S is the architect. 

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency provided most of the financing for the $23 million veterans village. 



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