The new building will more than double the number of rooms for homeless residents and provide permanent housing at a time when
"This was a critical effort needed for the community to preserve these units," said
About 80% of the project is publicly funded, with
"It hits the bull's-eye for what we feel like is most needed in
"I'm really happy. This is bigger than I thought," said Tory, who declined to give his last name to protect his privacy. "There's a big weight off my shoulders."
The nursing home will close
"This is a trying time … we are now working to help ensure this transition is a smooth one," he said in a prepared statement.
Besides the county, the
Of the county's dollars,
"We never see this kind of thing in this industry," Welle Ayres said of the project's large number of beds for residents with complex medical conditions.
It's part of a broader investment by the state's largest county of "prioritizing the poorest of the poor," Opat said, putting more money toward shelter beds and housing to respond to the growing need. On
A new home
When Tory moved Monday into his room at Exodus Residence, he scouted where to put a mini plastic Christmas tree, thrilled to finally have his own space after sleeping at a shelter for eight months.
He said he lost his job and home three years ago after a mental health breakdown, resorting to pitching a tent throughout the city for years. Now, he said he works delivering newspapers and is saving up money as he's on yet another waiting list for an affordable housing unit.
Until then, he has his own place at Exodus, three meals a day and a case worker to connect him to other services. He said he also sees a therapist, goes to group therapy and is on medication, helping him stay mentally healthy and sober.
"I'm going to sleep good tonight," he said. "I'm going to make this home."
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