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Queen Latifah investing in affordable housing in New Jersey hometown

Queen Latifah is investing in affordable housing in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
Queen Latifah is investing in affordable housing in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

Credit: Dia Dipasupil

Credit: Dia Dipasupil

Queen Latifah is giving back to her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

NJ.com reported the rapper, singer, actress and producer is investing in affordable housing in the city.

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Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens, is co-president of BlueSugar Corporation, which is partnering with GonSosa Development for the $14 million project. The North Jersey Record reported Owens was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in East Orange.

The housing includes 20 three-family town homes and a three-story mixed-use building with 16 additional units. Those 16 units will be affordable housing, while the others will be market rate, starting at $1,800 a month.

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The mixed-use building will include a fitness center and commercial space for rent to nonprofits.

The market-rate units are expected to open by December 2020. The affordable housing is expected to be complete by December 2021 and priced according to a person’s income.