CAU owns properties in more than a dozen towns in Union County for individuals with developmental disabilities, youth at risk, and individuals with low-income housing needs. We offer just about every kind of living accommodation on the market townhouses, condominiums, single- and multi-family homes, and apartments are available so our members can decide how, and with whom, they live.

Our options include barrier-free, fully accessible homes for individuals with physical challenges, including properties with roll-in showers, widened hallways, and wheelchair accessible features.

Residential Programs

CAU provides community-based housing and support services in residential neighborhoods for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Housing options reflect the needs and individuality of members, and residential members are encouraged to become involved in their communities. CAU residential staff receive advanced training to support complex medical and behavioral needs.

Choose from community-based supervised apartments and group homes or in-home support for members who live independently in their owned or rented apartment, condominium, or free-standing home.

Other Housing Programs at CAU

Transitional Opportunities Program (TOP)

TOP has provided comprehensive residential services to youth ages 13 to 21 since 1984. CAU youth members enjoy independent and transitional living support services based in Elizabeth, NJ that prepare them for a stable, self-reliant adulthood. Referrals are accepted into one of four placements after initial assessment: Group Home, Supervised Transitional Living Program (STLP), Semi-Independent, or Supported Housing.

Eligible youth can become a Community Access Unlimited TOP member by referral through different sources depending on the services needed. Referral sources include the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Children’s System of Care, referral by local schools, community organizations or local agencies, faith-based organizations, hospitals and medical offices, self-referral, or by anyone encountering a youth seeking shelter or assistance. Please contact us with any questions regarding referrals and eligibility.

Youth Shelter

CAU offers two temporary shelter options for runaway and homeless youth to help position these young people for continued progress even after they transition into other housing solutions.

The Union County Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter has a vision to halt the cycle of homelessness through programs that empower youth ages 13-17 to become safer, healthier, more productive members of the community. We accept referrals from DCP&P, law enforcement, teachers, school social workers and administration, social services, and youth seeking assistance for themselves or someone they know.

Affordable Housing in Union County

If you are interested in applying for any variety of rental apartments in Union County, New Jersey, please complete the below Preliminary Application as soon as possible and email it to info@caunj.org, or mail it directly to us,
at: Creative Property Management, Inc. 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

Ask us about one-, two-, three- and four bedroom apartments in Union County. There are also a number of apartments available at the HUD Fair Market Rent (FMR) level for the area.

Preliminary Rental Application

Emergency Housing

The Emergency Capacity System (ECS) at CAU provides housing to individuals in crisis.

We can offer a temporary living space for up to eight individuals on an emergency basis. Ambulatory members can stay in ECS accommodations up 60 days or 120 days for non-ambulatory members. Trained staff are available for assistance with medical needs, securing permanent placement, or returning to prior placement or family home.

How it Works

Case management services and rental assistance are provided from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through a City of Elizabeth Community Emergency Solutions Grant. Contact our Information & Referral Department with questions about housing or the availability of case management and rental assistance at 908-354-3040 x4272 or at info@caunj.org.

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