Arizona Housing Fund gives to 4 multifamily projects
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Arizona Housing Fund has announced the first four grants, totaling $850,000, which will be used to help fund more permanent supportive and affordable housing projects.
The awardees are:
- Arizona Housing Inc. was awarded $300,000 for new housing at 2900 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix.
- St. Vincent de Paul received $250,000 for new housing at Ozanam Manor in Phoenix.
- The Coalition for Compassion and Justice received $200,000 for new housing at Paloma Village in Chino Valley, and Family Promise of Greater Phoenix was awarded $100,000 for housing at Container Village in Glendale.
Details on multifamily projects
2900 East Van Buren
2900 East Van Buren (2900 EVB) is a 50-unit motel project that will be converted to permanent affordable supportive housing (PASH). The property was purchased for $5.1 million in April 2022. It will provide PASH to formerly chronically homeless with preference provided to individuals 55 years of age and older and veterans. Arizona Housing Inc. (AHI) will provide the full-time on-site case management services that will provide assistance to the tenants in achieving their highest level of self-sufficiency and independence.
AHI will also work with Circle the City for physical health care, Community Bridges Inc. for behavioral health care, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the provision of food items. The AZHF grant will be used to pay for renovation enhancements as well as the project’s recent material cost escalations.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is shovel-ready to build Oz II, a 100-bed comprehensive transitional community for people experiencing homelessness who are the vulnerable members within the population: men and women age 50+, veterans, and/or people with disabilities. The estimated completion date is March 2024. SVdP is mindful with staffing, programs and the design of new spaces such as Oz II.
This new community asset will enable local agencies to work collaboratively to best help neighbors navigating life-altering crises with regular weekly office hours. This includes government partners such as the DES and VA, and nonprofit partners such as Arizona Humane Society, Community Bridges Inc. (CBI), Paradigm, Valle del Sol and Circle the City.
Family Promise Village
Family Promise of Greater Phoenix is a 22‐year‐old community‐based nonprofit focused on moving families with children from homelessness to housing, providing a foundation for addressing the multiple social determinants of health critical to improving health outcomes and stabilizing the long-term needs of vulnerable children and their families. Family Promise secures small, scalable sites that create unique, efficient and livable family spaces for families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or formerly homeless.
Family Promise of Greater Phoenix has a long‐term lease on its Glendale property. AZHF Grant funding will go towards the acquisition and development of the Glendale parcel and completion of Family Promise Village, which will provide individual housing for families.
The Coalition for Compassion and Justice has procured four acres of land in Chino Valley Arizona to develop 25 units in a manufactured home park. This project will help meet the need for affordable housing in the area. Paloma Village will provide on-site services that will help tenants with access to healthcare insurance, help with finding providers, disability claims, food assistance, and crisis services or treatment. On-site services will also include helping clients with rental assistance and finding resources for other needs.
The AZHF grant will jump start this program with funding for CCJ to buy the first group of manufactured homes, place them in the park, and fully furnish a unit to create a “model home” for partner agencies, members of the community, city council and prospective tenants to share their vision for Paloma Village.
AZHF grants were voted upon and approved by the Arizona Housing Fund Advisory Committee.
The committee includes Arizona Housing Fund founder Howard Epstein; Arizona Community Foundation Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer, Lisa Urias; Meritage Homes Executive Chairman, Steven Hilton; Arizona Association of Realtors Of Counsel, Michelle Lind; Habitat Metro, LLC Owner/Partner, Tim Sprague; and Trellis President and CEO, Michael Trailor.
To qualify for Arizona Housing Fund grants, eligible applicants must be a nonprofit affordable housing developer, owner or operator with at least five years of experience managing and operating sustainable supportive housing. Prospective applicants can find grant application information and criteria HERE.