In December, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners awarded $554,253 in Federal HOME funding, made available through the Macomb HOME Consortium, to Solid Ground, Inc., to convert the old Red Cross office building in Roseville into transitional housing for homeless families. The County’s action was the last of 4 community approvals required to commence the project. Funding will ensure the facility’s completion in 2008.
The Solid Ground facility will have 14 separate apartments with 44 beds and will offer food and supportive services for resident families in order to promote financial stability and independence. Families will have an opportunity to stay at the facility for up to 24 months. Each will pay rent equal to 30 percent of their income to help defray operating costs for the shelter.
The HOME grant culminates a 6-year effort to make the project a reality. The building is 70 percent ready to welcome residents due largely to the generous support of materials and labor. Solid Ground has also assembled a capable Board of Directors to govern operations, thereby enhancing prospects for success.
The HOME Consortium worked with Solid Ground in an intensive project development effort. The members worked closely to identify risks and opportunities. Staff from the Department of Planning and Economic Development also provided design, business, and fund-raising assistance over six-months leading to the development of a realistic business plan, which was crucial in the decision to recommend the project for approval by Clinton Township, Roseville, Sterling Heights, and the County. Staff also worked closely with the Macomb Continuum of Care to address specific questions affecting the overall effort to end homelessness.
The project is a significant step forward in addressing the unfortunate increase of homelessness in the County, and in implementing the County’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.