DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Next week, fencing around the Homefull family center on South Gettysburg Ave. will go up and construction will begin on the townhomes.
The property was purchased by the nonprofit in 2015, but the townhomes were built in 1950s, so Chief Strategic Officer, Trudy Elder, said it was known renovations would be needed.
She said they had been working with Oberer Companies for the past few years, and finally were able to secure necessary funding from various sources.
“Put this all together and you’re looking at a $6.5 million investment here in these apartments in West Dayton, which means a lot to us and the families that live here,” said Elder.
Families like Dawn Roberts’, who have lived at the South Gettysburg location for three years after her and her family were homeless for a while.
“I can’t wait for the renovations to happen,” said Roberts. “I’m so excited everything’s going to be brand new, we got to pick out the flooring and help with all the creativity of the stuff that’s going on here.”
Elder said this renovation shows Homefull’s commitment to Dayton’s Westside during a time when there’s been a lot of disinvestment.
“We’re talking about outdoor renovations that include new roofs, but most importantly for the tenants, they’re going to recognize brand new homes on the inside,” said Elder. “So brand new doors, new windows, all new energy efficient appliances, the opportunity to upgrade some of the apartments to be handicap accessible,”
Elder said this is just one component of how they are providing the area’s struggling or homeless families with more access to homes, jobs and food.
They are also partnering with the brand new Levitt Pavilion, to provide some Homefull clients like Roberts with jobs.