The Campaign for the New Community House will ensure the construction of the new Inter-Faith Council @ SECU Community House. The importance of this new home for homeless men from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community cannot be overstated. The current Community House location was always intended to be temporary. In the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, it is a difficult location for men seeking help moving from homelessness to safe, secure, and independent living. The new location at 1315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is more suited to healing and transition than downtown. The new site, facility, and support programs will lead to improved outcomes for the program residents.
Program residents will receive safe and secure housing, medical attention, counseling and educational opportunities so they can return to productive and independent lives after they graduate. Key features of the two-story, 16,540 square foot facility include:
- Accommodations for 52 men in 13 bedrooms, ranging from two 10-bed dorms for new program residents to six twin rooms for those closest to graduation
- A 500 square foot (sq. ft.) kitchen where nutritious meals will be prepared and which will be served in a 700 sq. ft. dining room
- Medical, dental and mental health-counseling suites for the Robert Nixon Free Clinic for the Homeless which will serve the Community House residents and the women and children residing at IFC’s HomeStart facility
- A four-office suite dedicated to job coaching & social work and career counseling
- Convenient location on MLK Jr. Blvd. next to public transit bus stops
Local leaders are investing substantial time and financial resources in the campaign. With their support, we’ve made great progress. We are on schedule to begin construction in 2014 and for the Transitional Housing Program to open its doors in spring 2015.
As of May 5, 2014, we have raised over $5,450,000, which is 95% of the $5.76 million project budget. This includes:
- $437,000 combined from area congregations
- $1,215,000 from more than 400 individual donors and local businesses
- $2,088,000 from foundations
- $1,710,000 combined from federal, state, and local government
For more information contact Allan Rosen, Campaign Coordinator at (919) 929-6380, ext. 27 or firstname.lastname@example.org.