Awarded $100,000, Hesed House is a 501c(3) under the Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) program dedicated to alleviating the plight of poor and homeless persons. Its mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and give people a chance to hope again. Funds from the grant will allow 50 individuals to participate in the Hesed Employment And Training (HEAT) team, a job readiness and training program which provides trial jobs to homeless persons so they can master the “soft skills” needed in the workplace.
The Project consists of the rehabilitation and conversion of the historic 16,200 SF St. Casimir’s School building into a Community Connections Center and five units of supportive housing, and the neighboring historic 7,300 SF Convent Building into a Health and Wellness Center. Combined, the two buildings will provide comprehensive and expanded supportive services and housing to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including case management; life skills training; financial counnseling; job referrals; food service and pantry; health and wellness checks; and other supportive services. The Project is expected to serve 750 individuals and 4,000 visits annually, nearly doubling the number of people served at its existing site.
NTCIC is pleased to announce the successful financial closing for the rehabilitation of the vacant Philip Morris Blended Leaf Complex in downtown Richmond, Virginia into a new headquarters for Congregations Around Richmond To Assure Shelter (CARITAS). Once complete, the former tobacco processing warehouse will become a center of support and recovery for those experiencing homelessness and battling addiction or substance use disorders.
The project is a joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and WaterMark Development. Horizons will occupy approximately 47,000 square feet of the new building which allows Horizons to consolidate three leased locations into an owner-occupied space resulting in program efficiencies and cost savings. In addition the number of homeless children served by Horizons’ programs will increase from 175 to 225. WaterMark will lease 90,000 square feet to nonprofits assisting homeless and underserved children, youth, and families. A local restaurateur will open a cafe on the ground floor. More than 380 jobs are anticipated be associated with the new building.
The project involves the construction of a 26,000 square foot Quest Nonprofit Center for Change that will house community and commercial services. Over the past 15 years, Quest has provided extensive housing services to homeless and low-income men and women, but is now expanding their focus to a broader set of challenges facing Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. The new center will include case management and counseling services, healthy food access, commercial goods access, and financial management and empowerment services. Quest Nonprofit Center for Change will bring together best-in-class nonprofits and socially responsible businesses under one roof to collaboratively deliver much-needed resources to Atlanta’s Westside. It iwll be home to Westside Works, a long-term neighborhood program with a mission focused on creating employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside communities, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous neighborhoods.
New Market West is a four story, LEED certified 135,700 square foot commercial building (including a 42,800 square foot subsurface parking garage) that will create a hub for retail and community services near the 60th and Market Street El stop in West Philadelphia on a 1.5-acre vacant site. New Market West will bring high quality early childhood education, support for previously homeless single parent families, offices of a large behavioral health provider, and community-serving retail to a transit-accessible location together with affordable rental housing (in Phase 2 – not funded with this allocation) in neighborhood deeply in need of these services.
Chris 180 helps at-risk children, young adults, and families through mental health counseling. They also offer group homes for abused and neglected children in foster care, adoption services, a Drop-In Center for homeless young adults, and a supportive housing program for single and parenting youth, ages 17-24, who are homeless or have aged out of the foster care system, and in home programs that strengthen families. This NMTC project will allow Chris 180 to build a new training and education center. Additionally, it will create a health clinic, facilities for assessment, and family preservation services and for children in foster care. This project consists of several components: new construction of a building which will allow CHRIS 180 to expand its behavioral health clinical training program; renovations at an existing drop-in facility to integrate primary medical and dental services; and the acquisition and rehabilitation of five houses which provide a supportive, therapeutic family environment for children while preparing for adoption
Since 1969, the Cleveland based Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) has served people who are homeless, unemployed, involved in the criminal justice system, at-risk youth, and vulnerable adults throughout Northeast Ohio. Each year, LMM serves more than 10,000 people with the help of thousands of volunteers. In 2011 alone, LMM assisted 359 people in obtaining employment and 647 people in completing job training or education programs. In 2009, LMM launched its ‘Building on the Promise’ capital campaign to finance a larger, more integrated facility to better serve clients. With support of the State of Ohio, foundations, individuals, and corporations, PNC Bank and the Cleveland New Markets Investment Fund II provided $8 million in NMTC financing to make the project a reality. The Richard Sering Center, scheduled to open in November 2012, will be in an old glove factory in Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. The 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will include 80 staff offices and a Central Kitchen to provide meals to local homeless shelters. The center will allow for expanded job and volunteer training programs and will also launch a new partnership with North Presbyterian Church with shared space for the congregation. The two social enterprise programs, Central Kitchen and Metro Metal Works, that build and install bicycle racks, will flourish as they apply earned-income strategies to operate businesses that empower individuals experiencing barriers to employment with a goal of long-term employment. The center is located in a highly distressed community with high poverty and unemployment rates. It addition to expanded services, the new center created 20 construction jobs and some 80 permanent jobs were created or retained.
After standing vacant for nearly a decade, the final lot leveled by a 2009 natural gas explosion is bringing new community benefits to downtown Bozeman. The new Osborne Building at 233 E. Main St. will be an innovative reflection of Bozeman’s modern economy, with restaurant space, rental office space for nonprofits that serve low-income communities, and flexible office space for startups and small businesses. The concept for the new 33,000-square-foot building was developed by local businessmen Bryan Klein, Casey Durham, Chad Bottcher and Jamie Bottcher, who wanted to find a solution for the lot that would not only address a longstanding vacancy but also help meet community needs.
FareStart is a social enterprise in Seattle dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless men and women through job training and placement in the food service industry. Students receive job training in the food service area that generates revenue through the daily preparation and distribution of over 2,000 meals. By 2004, FareStart had outgrown the space it rented and needed a larger facility. The organization purchased a 33,000 square foot building in a severely distressed New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC)-qualified lowincome community in Seattle to expand their training, social services, and business capacity. However, they did not have the funding necessary to renovate and upgrade the facility to make it fully operational. Community Development Funding, LLC made a $17 million NMTC loan and equity investment in FareStart to renovate and upgrade their facility, transforming it into a culinary vocational training academy and restaurant. In the new facility, kitchen and classroom space will be doubled, providing for quality and safe training areas and increase in business capacity. A family resource area will provide a safe, ‘child friendly’ space for use by students who are parents of young children. The organization’s management and administrative staff will be located in the same building. The new facility provides FareStart the capacity to increase to 575 the number of people served each year and increase by 80 percent the revenue generated through the organization’s food service businesses. Selfgenerated revenues will support the majority of FareStart’s business operations growth, and hungry children and families will consume 21 million nutritious meals, prepared and delivered by FareStart. New Markets and Historic Tax Credits were combined to provide belowmarket financing with equity-like terms to make this project feasible. Conventional lenders had declined to make an investment, but with the addition of NMTCs the project was able to move forward and is now complete. The project team included Community Development Funding, LLC, US Bank Corporation, FareStart, the architectural firm of Stickney, Murphy & Romine and construction management by Sellen Construction.