The Missouri Housing Development Commission has awarded $ 49 million to four nonprofits that will develop affordable housing developments in St. Louis over the next few years.
The funding will support projects by the Lutheran Development Group, Efficaty Consulting and Development, the North Newstead Association and the housing organization DOORWAYS. Projects will focus on housing veterans, people with mental illness, the elderly and people living with HIV / AIDS.
The Rise community development organization will work with all four organizations and help develop the properties. The housing developments will be a significant contribution to affordable housing in the city, said Mark Stroker, director of real estate development for Rise.
“It’s going to be catalytic,” Stroker said. “It stretches from as far north as Baden all the way south to Dutchtown and Gravois Park.”
Stroker said the city is providing $ 2 million for housing projects. He said Rise wanted to work with organizations that specialize in helping specific populations.
Rise will work with Lutheran Development Group to help build Marquette Homes, an affordable veterans housing complex in the Gravois Park and Dutchtown neighborhoods. Stroke said the veterans complex will provide a wide range of services.
“These veterans will get direct services from the VA, but will also be able to take advantage of some of the other services we provide, including assistance with transportation, mental health and life skills training,” Stroker said.
Lutheran Development Group will work with Rise on the Baden school apartment complex, a mixed-income housing space. Rise is working with Efficacy Consulting and Development and the North Newstead Association on senior housing and is expected to open the complex in the Penrose neighborhood.
The DOORWAYS housing project, Elliot Place, will provide housing for people living with HIV / AIDS. The housing space will be part of the organization’s three-acre development on North Jefferson Avenue that will include classrooms, a pantry and boardrooms.
“For people living with HIV in particular, housing is a health system, there is no health care without housing,” said Opal Jones, President and CEO of DOORWAYS. “For us, we really consider this financing to be a lifesaver for our customers. “
Jones has said she expects Elliot Place to be completed by the end of 2023. Stroker said all developments are expected to be completed by 2025.
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