Princeton Community Housing, the largest provider of affordable rental homes in Princeton, continued to celebrate its 50th anniversary during a party on August 9, 2017 with Elm Court and Harriet Bryan House senior residents, staff, Trustees, and others.  

This “birthday party” was the second of a series of events to celebrate five remarkable decades of the organization’s work, leading up to a Gala on October 26th at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake, featuring highly acclaimed musicians Buddy Miller & Friends.

Harriet Bryan House and Elm Court are Princeton Community Housing’s affordable housing communities designated for those over the age of 62 and/or the mobility impaired; residents are an average of 74 years old. Outstanding art, photography, and writing, submitted by residents, some in their 80s, in response to the theme “What does HOME mean to you?” decorated the Harriet Bryan House Community Room.

The nearly 50 creative works, mounted by Image Arts as part of a generous donation and displayed on easels provided by Art Sparks LLC, captivated the partygoers. Some of these pieces had been prepared by residents in a class at Harriet Bryan House/Elm Court, provided by the Arts Council of Princeton and taught by Susan Hoenig.  We were delighted that Ms. Hoenig, Arts Council of Princeton Executive Director Taneshia Laird, and Art Sparks artist/owner Julie Rosenthale all joined us for the festivities.  In addition to the many individual creative pieces shown, a group of approximately 40 senior residents had also worked collaboratively to create an inspiring display featuring the concepts of “home” and “longevity” -- including a written explanation of their significance for Princeton Community Housing’s 50th anniversary.

After mingling and viewing submissions, attendees cheerfully sang “Happy Birthday” before enjoying cake and ice cream.  Please see the photo array for various pictures from the event.  More photos will be added, pending photo releases. 

In 1967, a group of community leaders formed Princeton Community Housing to support a balance of housing opportunities vital to the continued success and diversity of the Princeton area. Fifty years later, the organization owns and manages 466 affordable rental homes throughout Princeton, while also working in other ways to support affordable homes and to build community. This event celebrated this connected community, its residents, and the opportunities that Princeton Community Housing provides.