Queen Latifah Kicks Off Housing Development Project In New Jersey

The housing project will be built in her hometown of Newark, N.J.

Queen Latifah is giving back to her hometown of Newark, N.J. by leading a housing development project, which will provide affordable housing to the community.

According to PIX11, the Emmy award-winning actress and artist attended the groundbreaking ceremony located at 650 Springfield Avenue, the new home of the RISE LIVING development.

“What’s always been important to me was that I could build something in this city that I can live in,” she said in a speech at the event. “That Queen Latifah could live in, not Dana. Dana could live anywhere. If you know Dana, you know Dana could roll.”

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The development will consist of 76 housing units, with 1900 square feet of ground-floor space designated for nonprofit organizations.

“Newark is ours. Newark is yours and I don’t want people to think that they can’t live in their own communities,” she added.

The development is in partnership with Life Assets Development, Gonsosa and the Blue Sugar Corporation, which is co-founded by Queen Latifah.

Pre-leasing for RISE LIVING is expected to start in July.


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