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Catholic Charities’ Housing for Hope Pinyon Pointe Project to Create Affordable Housing for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Generous grant from Arizona Housing Fund to help cover construction costs
PAGE, Ariz. (July 21, 2023) : Housing for Hope, an affiliate of Catholic Charities Community Services, has received a $150,000 grant from the Arizona Housing Fund for the Pinyon Pointe Apartments project, a hotel-to-housing conversion project located at 75 7th Avenue, Page, Ariz. 86040. Housing for Hope will begin demo and construction later this month, with completion scheduled for December of this year.
The generous Arizona Housing Fund grant will help cover an unexpected increase in construction costs for the conversion, bringing critically needed affordable housing options for those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. The bulk of the funding for the Pinyon Pointe project comes from the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH), which provided $6.05 million for the purchase of an existing 39-room hotel in Page.
“There’s a huge need for more housing options in Page in general and particularly affordable housing for individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness,” said Catholic Charities Vice President of Business Development/Housing for Hope Executive Director, Steve Capobres. “When our lowest construction bid came in at a higher amount than the grant received from ADOH, the Arizona Housing Fund helped to close that gap so we could move forward with construction.”
During the pandemic, Page saw an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the community. Many of the most common barriers to housing include mental health challenges, loss of employment, injury or disability, substance abuse, and/or loss of family support system. Pinyon Pointe will provide 20 apartments — a mix of two-bedroom, one-bedroom, and studio apartments — and offer a wide range of wrap-around services to help residents work toward permanent housing stability.
Residents will be connected with local resources for assistance with medical treatment, mental health, and substance abuse counseling; partnerships with local and statewide food banks to provide supplemental food opportunities; and additional support necessary for stability, such as navigating justice requirements. On-site Catholic Charities staff will provide ongoing case management to address case plan goals and ensure connections to identified resources.
“Catholic Charities has provided permanent housing assistance to residents in the Page area for more than 15 years. They have the experience and the staff in Page to make a huge difference in the lives of those who need supportive housing to get back on their feet,” said Arizona Housing Fund Founder Howard Epstein. “We appreciate the support of Arizona’s private sector, in particular the real estate community, for rallying behind our mission to end homelessness by generously donating $25 for each home sale closed through our Escrow Donation Program.”
About Catholic Charities Community Services:
Founded in 1933, Catholic Charities provides care for the vulnerable of all faiths in central and northern Arizona through programs in foster care, early education, affordable housing (Housing for Hope), veteran services, refugee resettlement, and homeless outreach. Learn more by visiting www.catholiccharitiesaz.org. Social connections include www.facebook.com/CatholicCharitiesAZ and twitter.com/CCArizona.
About Arizona Housing Fund
Arizona Housing Fund (AZHF) is a dedicated sustainable fundraising source created to provide equity grants to Arizona nonprofits to build more affordable supportive housing and reduce homelessness in the state. Funding primarily comes from a voluntary escrow donation program, where homebuilders, developers, agents, and title companies participate in the program and give buyers and sellers an opportunity to donate to the AZHF. Tax-deductible donations from individuals, foundations, nonprofits, and for-profit corporations are also welcome. To learn more or to donate, visit arizonahousingfund.org.