Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Beatitude House planning transitional apartments
Beatitude House will receive a $350,000 grant from the city and county.
BY AMANDA GARRETT
WARREN Beatitude House, which helps disadvantaged women and children in the Mahoning Valley, will unveil plans for a $1.5 million addition to its Tod Avenue Northwest location.
When the work is completed, the facility will serve as transitional housing for four women and their families, said Teresa Boyce of the Beatitude House.
The women and their children will be allowed to live in the apartments for up to two years while they get their life back on track, Boyce said.
The new building, designed by Baker, Bednar and Associates Inc., of Howland, will be located next to Beatitude House's current apartments at 1370 Tod Ave. N.W.
Mayor Michael J. O'Brien is scheduled to give the Beatitude House $350,000 today to kick-start the project.
The money is coming from the Warren Trumbull HOME Consortium, which is jointly administered by the city and county, Community Development Director Michael Keys said.
Source of funding
The consortium money is a federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for low- to moderate-income housing, Keys said. The city has estimated that the consortium will receive about $800,000 in grants this year, Keys said.
Beatitude House will also receive a grant for an undisclosed amount from the Frank and Pearl Gelbman Charitable Foundation.
Beatitude House does not yet have a groundbreaking date for the new project, Boyce said. "We're waiting until we have all the financing," she said.
Sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters, Beatitude House provides housing and career preparation for underprivileged women and children.
The Transitional Housing Program provides a place to live for homeless women and their children, while the women learn career and lifestyle skills.
Beatitude House has seven transitional housing apartments in Warren and 12 apartments in Youngstown. Beatitude House also runs 12 Permanent Supportive Housing Sites in Youngstown for disabled women and their children.