Tampa, Florida. The affordability gap for people to find safe, decent, and respectful housing has exponentially worsened in recent years. DDA Development and Gracepoint joined forces to find a solution. The result: The Graham is under development on Gracepoint’s campus and expected to be completed by spring 2017. The project consists of 90 apartments: 45 units designated for seniors 55+ and 45 units have a priority to house the homeless.
The epidemic of homelessness has had an impact in our community. Any solution must include a focus on the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. “Mental health issues and homelessness are two of the most urgent problems facing our courageous veterans during the transition back to civilian life and in the years that follow. At Gracepoint, they will receive respect and will be part of a caring community that offers a unique model of coordinated services to support them on a path to stability.” says Joe Rutherford, CEO.
The property will provide services-enriched housing to include full primary health care services (Tampa Family Health), a pharmacy , and other therapy as needed. This is in addition to approximately 10,000+ square feet of internal common space that will be used for on-site wrap around amenities for tenants, including service coordination, case management, educational/financial services. The design is focused on a holistic approach toward wellness and the development features a commercial kitchen, dining area for 60+, gym, library, lounge with multimedia & coffee bar, computer center, beauty salon, outdoor walking paths, raised garden beds and outdoor bocce court. “Sitting the development adjacent to Gracepoint’s campus enables us to create an innovative, high quality living environment directly proximate to the services our tenants need and deserve,” said Bowen Arnold of DDA Development.
We are pleased Secretary McDonald came to Tampa to see firsthand the innovative, collaborative efforts to ensure housing is affordable to everyone, especially to veterans. Veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population; and often face the same issues that lead others into homelessness, including a lack of affordable housing and inadequate income and savings. Service men and women returning from active duty may also have specific challenges, such as lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse, which can make it more difficult for them to find and maintain adequate employment and, consequently, to pay for housing.
Effectively transitioning Veterans experiencing homelessness to permanent housing requires access to healthcare, employment, and wrap around services if needed. The Graham at Gracepoint is proud to be a part of the solution. For more information contact Susan Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.