Home Government Homes on Herbertsville, Drum Point Roads Will Become Group Homes for Disabled

Homes on Herbertsville, Drum Point Roads Will Become Group Homes for Disabled

Properties on Herbertsville (left) and Drum Point roads in Brick. (Photos: Daniel Nee)
Properties on Herbertsville (left) and Drum Point roads in Brick. (Photos: Daniel Nee)

Homes on opposite sides of Brick are one step closer to becoming the property of a nonprofit organization that will turn them into housing for disabled persons.

The homes are located at 481 Drum Point Road and 425 Herbertsville Road.

The plan to turn the properties, both township-owned, into affordable housing for the disabled has been underway for years, but this week the township council voted in favor of removing a reverter clause in the properties’ deeds that prevented the nonprofit, Enable Homes Inc., from getting public financing for the project.


A reverter clause is a legal mechanism that allows a property to revert back to its previous owner if certain conditions are not met, or if certain actions trigger it. In the case of these two properties, the reverter clause would have come into effect if the properties were used for another purpose than affordable housing.

In order for Enable Homes to receive money from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, which will be used to rehabilitate the properties, the deed is required to be free of such a clause.

“This is to enable, to allow, Enable Homes Inc. to get financing to construct these facilities,” explained Township Attorney Kevin Starkey.

The council approved a resolution terminating the reverter clause and replacing it with a deed restriction that, likewise, requires the home to be used for affordable housing for at least 30 years.

The 30 year aspect prompted some concern from residents, who questioned what would happen after the period was up.

“Later on it could just be for affordable, not for disabled,” said resident George Scott.

“It’s difficult for us to predict exactly what will be needed down the road,” replied Business Administrator Joanne Bergin.

Casey Duffy, a representative from Homes Now Inc., which is also involved in the project, said the organization is looking to close on the funding within two weeks, and confirmed the property will be used to house disabled residents.

“It’s part of the special needs initiative with the state,” she said. “It will stay as housing for the disabled through the 30 year deed restriction or until the funding is lost.”

  • adrian0512

    Herbertsville Rd seems like a poor choice for a group home for the disabled. Hope they plan on putting up a fence to prevent any residents from being run down on that section of road. How many residents & staff are they planning on putting in there full time? It’s not a very big home.

    • Frank Rizzo

      I think they function a bit better than that….

      • adrian0512

        All depends on the staff…these places do not always have the best trained staff members dealing with the residents.

  • Kimberleely

    I worked in a group home for nearly 5 years in the Herbertsville area . I was highly trained , thank you and so was the rest of our staff . They have a tendency to put two residents in each bedroom unless of course the room is very tiny . Of course, a CO would limit how many people can live in the house. Staffing number will depend on how many residents and this is mandated by the state. As for a fence, I don’t think a fence could keep the ten-year-old out of trouble much less a grown-up! Most, while not all residents are higher functioning people, it really depends on which population they choose to house in the homes.Could be the mentally ill, ones with physical disabilities or perhaps both. Even those who are in need of supervision because of addiction are housed in group homes. My main concern is when residents are given opportunity to visit local stores on their own, by walking down the road without sidewalks. Herbertsville Road and Drum Point Road are brutal for pedestrians .