NMTC financing supported the construction of a new 60,900 sq. ft. service center targeted to very low-income and homeless individuals co-located with housing designed to transition people from homelessness to stability. The first two floors of the newly constructed six-story building consist of:
- a 29,000 sq. ft. dining hall and community meeting space to be operated by Catholic Charities;
- a 22,400 sq. ft. computer lab and supportive service center to be operated by Catholic Charities, Ramsey County and a number of other service providers;
- a 5,700 sq. ft. health center and dental clinic to be operated by Westside; and
- 2,250 sq. ft. for another social service use to be determined after closing or operated as a social enterprise café.
- An addition 1,500 sq. ft. of storage space is located in the basement of the building.
The NMTC Project provides comprehensive support services for very low-income and homeless individuals, including primary healthcare; dental care; mental and behavioral health services; adult education and workforce development programs; financial counseling; public benefits/entitlement services; community integration; housing placement services; meal service; and laundry and other personal care services/facilities.
By integrating housing and services at the same site, the NMTC Project provides the support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and create true pathways out of poverty and homelessness. This Project allows Catholic Charities to better serve its clients by allowing it to consolidate its services in St. Paul to a single location and to expand services offered on-site by partnering with other service providers.