For Immediate Release
October 30, 2008
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Says "Victory Housing on Warren Street"
to House Formerly Homeless Boston Residents
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, together with Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman and Emergency Shelter Commission Director Jim Greene, today joined Victory Programs for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Victory Housing on Warren Street development, a project that will provide permanent housing for 14 chronically homeless individuals in a rehabbed site in Roxbury. The development, Mayor Menino added, is the organization's first completed project under their pilot housing program called the "Housing First" Initiative, designed to stabilize the lives of homeless individuals and their families through permanent housing.
|On October 30th, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, together with Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman and Emergency Shelter Commission Director Jim Greene, joined Victory Programs for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Victory Housing on Warren Street development, a project that will provide permanent housing for 14 chronically homeless individuals in a rehabbed site in Roxbury.|
"For more than 30 years, Victory Programs has been a leader in helping some of our most vulnerable residents overcome substance and alcohol abuse addictions, especially those with medical issues relating to HIV and AIDS," Mayor Menino said. "Today, we celebrate a fantastic project that truly embodies Victory's continued commitment to helping those in need."
Brought back from the brink of foreclosure in 2007 through the efforts of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), and Victory Programs, the property at 250 – 254 Warren Street has since undergone comprehensive exterior and interior renovations, including new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, as well as a new roof, new windows, and a new gutter system. The rehabilitated building also boasts a common meeting space and several counseling areas.
As a Dorchester-based non-profit, Victory Programs, Inc. provides housing and comprehensive direct care services to individuals and families who may be homeless, in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, or are struggling with a secondary medical or psychiatric issue, such as HIV/AIDS or diagnosed mental illness. Twenty percent of Victory Programs' clients are women caring for children, and 75 percent are homeless upon admission. Victory's housing programs span 11 transitional and permanent housing projects that serve low-income households with supportive needs.
Funding for the $900,000 renovation was made possible through a variety of funding sources, including a loan of more than $200,000 from DND's Leading the Way housing fund. Additionally, Boston Capital Corporation provided a loan of $350,000, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development contributed a loan of $230,000, and Victory also received a $75,000 grant from Mass Housing.
The City of Boston continues to encourage and sponsor the creation of new, transitional and permanent housing opportunities for homeless individuals and families towards a goal of ending homelessness. To learn more about the City's efforts, visit www.cityofboston.gov/shelter.