University gift honors decades-long ties with Princeton Community Housing

Monday, Sep 17, 2018

by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs

Princeton University recently contributed $50,000 to Princeton Community Housing’s (PCH) capital campaign in recognition of PCH’s 50th anniversary and the longtime collaborative relationship between the two institutions.

“The University is pleased to support Princeton Community Housing’s capital campaign to acknowledge our strong and multi-faceted collaboration,” said Kristin Appelget, Princeton University’s director of Community and Regional Affairs. “This milestone anniversary gave us an excellent opportunity to make an additional investment with PCH towards providing affordable housing in the community,” 

In 1967, Princeton University was one of 18 organizations that together established PCH. Over time, University faculty and staff have served on the PCH Board of Trustees; Vice President for Facilities Kyu Whang sits as a current trustee and Vice President for University Services Chad Klaus serves on the PCH Development Corporation Board.

Over the past 50 years, PCH has worked to provide local affordable housing and today owns 466 rental homes in Princeton and manages an additional 251 homes in Princeton and Mercer County. This total includes housing developed as part of University-led projects: 56 homes at the Merwick Stanworth complex, four homes at the corner of Leigh Avenue and Bayard Lane, and six homes on Leigh Avenue.

The relationship between the University and PCH also is strengthened by countless hours of service that Princeton students have volunteered to the organization over many years to support resident programs and activities. In a unique recent collaboration, University students and PCH joined forces through the work of a student-led TigerChallenge team in developing guides to help make the affordable housing application process in Princeton more user-friendly.

“We are very thankful for the University’s steadfast collaboration and generous support, and particularly for this donation, which highlights the start of the public phase of our capital campaign to provide additional affordable homes in Princeton and enhance the lives of our residents,” said Edward Truscelli, PCH executive director. “As we reflect on 50 years of service, we are more energized than ever about our exciting future within the Princeton community.”

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