Coastal Habitat receives $5,000 OceanFirst grant

Scenic signage in Spring Lake Heights. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — OceanFirst Foundation has awarded $40,000 in grants to eight Habitat for Humanity chapters throughout Central and Southern New Jersey, including Coastal Habitat for Humanity in Spring Lake Heights.

“It’s for our program called Aging in Place, where we work with low income older folks to insure they can stay in their homes, in a safe secure environment,” said Coastal Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Maureen Mulligan. “This grant means that we’ll be able to reach more older folks here in southern Monmouth County.”

The awards were announced on Aug. 10. A total of $5,000 was awarded to the Spring Lake Heights chapter.

The program works by sending out a coordinator, who is a nurse, and a construction manager from Habitat for Humanity to meet with an elderly homeowner whose home is in need of repair.

“They talk about what needs to be done to the home to make it safe and secure. Maybe it’s a new window, a new door, carpeting, different overhead fixtures, all that kind of stuff, and then we recruit volunteers to go and do the work in the person’s home,” said Ms. Mulligan.

Ms. Mulligan says there are many senior citizens living in homes in Monmouth County.

Photo – Eight New Jersey Habitat for Humanity chapters hold checks provided by the OceanFirst Foundation, in the total amount of $40,000 in grants, at the Ocean County Habitat for Humanity build site.

Photo courtesy of OceanFirst Foundation

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Jennifer Ortiz
Jennifer Ortiz is a Reporter at The Coast Star. She can be reached at or at 732-223-0076, ext 23.