Hoover Cottages project will be nice addition to Hoover Campus
St. Mary Development is planning to build affordable senior cottages on its Hoover Campus in west Dayton. We're in the process of applying for funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) under their Housing Development Gap Financing program (HDGF.) If this funding is received, the first 10 cottages could be complete as soon as Nov. 2013.
The Hoover Campus currently has sever... View Article
Donations needed for low-income seniors
Thanks to Meredith Moss at the Dayton Daily News for spreading the word about the much-needed donation items needed for our low-income seniors. The next time you're at the store, consider picking up a few of the items below. Donations can be delivered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at Twin Towers Place Senior Apartments, 250 Allen St. in Dayton.
* Adult pull-ups for men and w... View Article
Roosevelt Homes ground breaking: Wed., Aug. 22 @ 11 am
Join us on Wednesday, August 22 at 11 am for the ground breaking of Roosevelt Homes in Dayton! The building lot is located at the corner of Edison and Mathison. From downtown Dayton, take W. Third to N. Orchard. Turn right on N. Orchard to Edison, then right on Edison to the corner of Mathison and Edison.
Located just north of West Third Street, Roosevelt Homes will consist of 4... View Article
Los Reyes Fundraiser to benefit St. Mary Development and other housing programs
Last year Jose Perez and his family opened their restaurant on a Sunday to raise money for a church in Joplin, Mo. that had been destroyed by a tornado. This year the Second Annual Los Reyes Fundraiser will help four organizations that help provide housing for those in need.
On Sunday, August 26 from Noon to 8 pm, Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant located at 2290 E. Dorothy Lane in Kette... View Article
Bete to be named president of St. Mary Development
There's nothing more humbling than to be asked to continue the legacy of two people who have created more than 2,700 homes for those in need. I've been blessed to work with Dick McBride and Sr. Rose Wildenhaus for the past seven years and look forward to working with them through the 18-month transition plan.
The news release about the management succession plan is below.
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Wanted: Communication Director for St. Mary Development and Homeownership Center
Eat problems for breakfast. Work without support staff. Go home exhausted every day. Feel truly fulfilled for the first time in your career, knowing you’ve helped transform the lives of people who needed a decent place to live.
St. Mary Development and the HomeOwnership Center of Greater Dayton are hiring a Communication Director. You can read the complete job descriptions here:
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Incredible housing values available through Neighborhood Stabilization Program
St. Mary Development Corporation is holding a ribbon cutting and open house for two of its newly rehabbed Neighborhood Stabilization Program homes. The event, on April 18 from 1 to 3 pm at 50 Ringgold Street in Dayton, will provide the opportunity to tour homes at 38 and 50 Ringgold.
The City of Dayton provided St. Mary Development with Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) ... View Article
How affordable are Ohio rents?
Just finished reading the National Low Income Housing Coalition's study, "Out of Reach." It's an annual study that illustrates how difficult it is for many people to afford a safe, decent place to live. Here's what their data shows:
Out of Reach is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area (MSAs/HMFAs), combined nonmetropolitan area and state... View Article
Can you imagine living in this apartment building?!
The beginning of the video in this post shows Marvin Gardens Apartments before St. Mary Development renovated them. The building was full of mold and bedbugs. There were leaks. Paint was peeling. Hallways were dark. And people were living there in the squalor.
It's difficult for me to imagine what it was like living at Marvin Gardens before we transformed it into 25 safe, clean, affo... View Article / Video
Grace is at it again (and now she has some help)
You may have read my post about how my 6-year-old daughter Grace raised $453 to help the seniors who live in St. Mary Development's low-income apartments. Pretty incredible.
I wrote, "Sometimes we feel like we’re imposing when we ask family and friends to help provide decent homes and basic services to the needy. But Grace’s example shows the joy that comes in asking others to... View Article / Video
Up a creek but he has a paddle
Some people might say being homeless is like being up a creek without a paddle. But Pat and Ron aren't homeless any more and Pat has a paddle. He has a kayak, too.
As a fundraiser for Children's Medical Center, Pat plans to kayak 85 miles upstream from Cincinnati to Dayton. Ron will bicycle along the way and collect donations. The men, who are both veterans (Pat a Marine and Ron, Army... View Article
Affordable housing changes lives
I was at the grand opening of the Eaton Senior Villas last week. The 44 apartment homes are beautiful and I had a chance to chat with some of the residents.
One couple who had just moved in told me the only other apartment they could find was $100 a month more expensive and was small and poorly maintained. They were thrilled to have a safe, decent, clean place to live. The video ab... View Article / Video
A few good men
Ten men living in different parts of the country -- from Florida to Idaho to New York to Tennessee.
Ten men with varied backgrounds -- from farmer to technical director to school principal to retired military.
Ten men with a passion for helping others. Ten men who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves. Ten men who are all finalists in the Sears Dads Making a Difference Con... View Article