These funds will be going towards capital improvements on the HomeWorks Trenton house that is currently being built.

HomeWorks Trenton, a nonprofit residential program for marginalized high school girls in Trenton NJ, is excited and grateful to announce that the New Jersey FY2024 Budget included an appropriation for $200,000 to HomeWorks Trenton!

This funding will be allocated towards the renovation of a 14,000 sf dilapidated dormitory building on 1212 Edgewood that they purchased in August 2022 for their after-school residential program. HomeWorks Trenton’s new home will mark a pivotal moment for their program as they continue to provide residential dorming, transportation to and from school, academics, identity-driven leadership and wellness programming. 

HomeWorks Trenton’s residential program goes beyond academic support– through a variety of programming such as college access, coding, swimming, architecture, filmmaking, HomeWorks takes a holistic approach towards equipping scholars to become leaders within the community. 

HomeWorks Trenton would like to thank Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Chief of Staff Ed Gittens for their sponsorship in the appropriation for the State Assembly budget, and to Governor Murphy for enacting the FY2024 budget into law with their appropriation. 

They would also like to thank Senator Ruiz, Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson, Senator Cruz-Perez, Senator Paul Sarlo, Assemblywoman Pintor-Marin, Senator Herb Conaway, Senator Zwicker, Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese, Senator O’Scanlon, Elizabeth Mahn and their teams for their support!

HomeWorks Trenton

Founded in 2016, HomeWorks is a free, community-based, after-school residential program for Black and Latinx femme-identifying high school students from marginalized communities. From Sunday to Friday, their scholars live in the HomeWorks dorm and are transported to and from their public schools. Every afternoon, scholars engage in activities focused on academics and identity-driven leadership. They then eat a family-style meal and stay overnight in HomeWorks’ dorm with two full-time staff members. By providing a safe academic and residential space, HomeWorks scholars all over the world will gain the tools to achieve their full potential, and collectively break down social injustices in their home communities and beyond through ground-up, people-driven systemic change. HomeWorks got their start right here in Trenton, NJ.

Natalie Tung, Founder of Homeworks, with Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

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