State grant awarded to help fund apartment complex in Gloucester
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced April 2 the awarding of $1 million total for three permanent supportive housing grants, including one to build 12 apartments in Gloucester.
The grants come from a special funding allocation of $1 million included in the governor’s budget for fiscal year 2013, said Jeff Caldwell, a spokesman for McDonnell.
Chuck Walsh, executive director of the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board, said that the grant will be administered by CSB for a nonprofit corporation it set up called Woodland Pointe Apartments. The 12 units will be located on a two-acre, undeveloped site off Belroi Road.
The apartments will include 10 one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom apartments, said Cindy Brown, the local CSB’s director of facilities management. All units will be for persons who are chronically handicapped or homeless, she said, and will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
"Over the past few years we have made significant progress toward our goal of reducing statewide homelessness," McDonnell said, "but there is still much more we can accomplish." These grants, he said, are "another example of our concerted efforts to address the housing needs for persons who experience chronic homelessness and those with disabilities."
CSB staff will not reside on site, Walsh said, but will be available 24/7 to provide assistance to residents of the new units.