Queen Latifah investing in affordable housing in New Jersey hometown

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.