ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Vincent de Paul Cares and Ability Housing operating as a joint venture called Ability SVdP were recently awarded $28 million from the state to build 73 units of affordable housing for the homeless in downtown St. Petersburg.
What You Need To Know
- $28 million awarded from the state to build 73 units of affordable housing for the homeless in downtown St. Petersburg
- The project is called “Vincentian Villages”
- The nonprofits expect to break ground on two properties near 4th Avenue North and 14th Street North in early 2023
“It’ll be all one bedrooms,” said Michael Raposa, SVdP CEO. “It’ll be targeting the homeless.”
The project is called “Vincentian Villages” and the nonprofits expect to break ground on two properties near 4th Avenue North and 14th Street North in early 2023.
“This is going to have a huge impact when the construction is complete,” said Raposa. “This is an opportunity to finally make right on a parcel of land that was once the cornerstone of the city’s homeless problem.”
Shannon Nazworth, the CEO of Ability Housing in Jacksonville, said her organization has many years of experience creating affordable housing.
“As rents continue to increase across the nation, developments like Vincentian Villages provide a lifeline for working families and individuals exiting homelessness,” she said. “We are really looking forward to breaking ground on this vital addition to downtown St. Petersburg next year.”
Raposa said only those who have been homeless can qualify to be a resident. The project has been a dream of the SVdP board of directors for more than 20 years and the nonprofits beat out many other organizations across the state for the award, according to Raposa.