More apartments for city’s homeless depend on grant

The vacant patch of land on the southwest corner of Pitkin Avenue and Third Street may become the site of 24, one-bedroom apartments for the homeless if grant funding comes through for Grand Valley Catholic Outreach.

The apartments, which would be housed in three, two-story buildings, would resemble St. Benedict’s Place, a housing development for the formerly homeless in the 200 block of White Avenue, according to Jaime Cox of Chamberlin Architects. Cox said Catholic Outreach asked the architectural firm to build a concept design for the Third Street apartment complex in January.

“I think it should be a really great project for the community,” Cox said.

The project won’t happen, though, unless Catholic Outreach can secure funding, according to Catholic Outreach Executive Director Sister Karen Bland. She said she applied for a grant for veterans and said she should know if Catholic Outreach will receive the grant sometime in the next six months.

If the grant comes through, the housing will be geared toward homeless veterans. Bland said the veterans grant is the only one she applied for so far to fund the potential housing project.


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