Lincroft, NJ (May 16, 2014)— In a unique interior design competition, students from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, are designing the interiors of three two-bedroom factory-manufactured homes housing families displaced by Superstorm Sandy.  The project, called House2Home, is a joint effort between the college and the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA).

The project combines elements of television reality shows Project Runway and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Three four-member student teams have already volunteered 100 hours working with clients, purchasing furnishings within tight space and budget parameters and making formal presentations to a team of professional commercial and residential interior designers.

Painting Day is May 21, when the college’s architecture students join forces painting the interiors. Students will then put the final touches staging, finishing and landscaping the houses for the Big Reveal on June 4. On that day, residents and the public can view the fully completed interiors and judges will announce the winning design team.

The Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA) is a leading affordable housing advocate and a leader in the housing recovery in Monmouth County following the Superstorm Sandy.  According to the AHA, factory built homes are a proven national solution for housing permanency following natural disasters.  The homes in the competition are part of the Pine Tree Community, a neighborhood of manufactured homes in Eatontown.  Funding for the homes was provided by the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Robin Hood Relief Fund and NeighborWorks America.

Judges include Galina Ubogiy of Galina Design Group, Ocean, New Jersey; Beth Walsh of InsabellaDesign in Little Silver, New Jersey; and Ria Gulian of Designs by Ria in Ocean, New Jersey.

In addition to the student volunteers, attending the May 21 Painting Day will be leaders from AHA and Brookdale Community College, as well as the storm-displaced families who will live in the homes.

Information on the AHA is available at http://affordablehousingalliance.com/.  For information on the House2Home project, contact Christine Burke, AHA public relations, at aha-development@housingall.org or 732-389-2958.

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 About Brookdale Community College

An open access institution, Brookdale is committed to student success in a socially diverse environment. As the number one associate degree granting college in New Jersey, Brookdale provides students with opportunities to advance academically, pursue a career and enhance their professional skills. With six convenient locations throughout Monmouth County and access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the NJ Coastal Communiversity, Brookdale is committed to student success and development. Success starts at Brookdale.

About the Affordable Housing Alliance

Since 1991, AHA has been improving the quality of life for NJ residents by developing and preserving affordable housing, providing services to maintain affordable housing, providing housing education, and helping communities meet their legal and moral housing obligations. AHA is the leading housing provider in Monmouth County, NJ and serves all of the state with a mix of utility, education and counseling services. In its history, AHA has successfully developed hundreds of units of new affordable single family homes, group homes, multi-unit rental housing, and rehabilitated housing. AHA provides foreclosure counseling and new homebuyer education. AHA serves as an administrative agent in 12 Monmouth County NJ communities. Immediately after Hurricane Sandy struck, AHA received significant disaster relief funding and was able to expand its infrastructure, build capacity and streamline processes to quickly implement an array of initiatives to aid displaced/damaged NJ residents. For more information, visit www.housingall.org.