Shepherd Home Opens
May 17, 2019 − Columbus House and many regional and state partners are excited to announce that 32 newly renovated apartments are complete. Sixteen formerly homeless Veterans already call the site “home” and full occupancy is expected by month’s-end.
Over the past several months, the vacant building, formerly owned by the state of Connecticut and situated on the Connecticut Valley Hospital campus, underwent a complete restoration led by the new owner, Columbus House. To celebrate, Columbus House is hosting an open house. There will be a flag raising ceremony, ribbon cutting and tours of the building which will showcase the studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as welcoming common areas and a new community room.
Honored guests include Senator Matt Lesser, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veteran Affairs Thomas Saadi, Chair of the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Howard Reid, and the Executive Director of Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Karl Kilduff.
The Veteran tenants who are calling Shepherd Home their home were all homeless or were at imminent risk of being homeless. They will be connected to on-site support services provided by St. Vincent de Paul Middletown to help them maintain their housing, increase their independence and reconnect with the community.
Columbus House is the developer and worked with multiple partners including Brad Schide, LLC, DeMarco Management, Enterprise Builders, Northeast Collaborative Architects, and St. Vincent de Paul Middletown among others, to create these beautiful, affordable apartments.
Funders include: CT Housing Finance Authority, CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, CT Department of Housing, National Equity Fund, US Park Service, CT Department of Economic Development - Historic Preservation, Middletown Housing Authority, Corporation for Supportive Housing, CT Trust for Historic Preservation, Eversource and the Home Depot Foundation.
Read more about Shepherd Home:
Middletown opens 32-room permanent housing facility for homeless vets − Middletown Press
Columbus House to open Shepherd Home, apartments for veterans, May 21 − New Haven Register
Columbus House Breaks Ground at Connecticut Valley Hospital − Columbus House