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Housing Development For Detroit's Homeless Becoming Closer To Reality

A cafeteria, gymnasium, library and health clinic.

July 15, 2019 - 1:21 pm

(WWJ) A housing development project for Detroit's homeless population is a step closer to becoming a reality.

The Detroit City Planning Commission approved the rezoning last month for the 40-unit facility near Gratiot and Mount Elliot.  

Father Tim MacCabe, executive Director of the Pope Francis Center,  says the facility will include a cafeteria, gymnasium, library and health clinic.

Guests will live in studio apartments for 90 to 120 days.

"We need to have an interdisciplinary approach to treating the chronic homelessness so that psych and addiction and trauma specialists and all the folks sitting around the table and addressing the individual needs of folks who have been homeless for a long time, and transitioning them into a housing facility," MacCabe told WWJ. 

Father MacCabe is now in the process of raising the $19 million needed to fund the construction of the building. He says local business leaders have committed about $5 million dollars to the project so far.