From Homeless to High Rise

Hundreds of people have a new home downtown, thanks to Father Joe.

Sunday was move-in day at a new apartment building in East Village. The 12 story, 136-unit building will provide affordable housing to low-income families and individuals. The $73 million project is the largest ever for Father Joe's Villages.

Some of the units have panoramic views of downtown, and all have immediate access to public transportation.

One man said his son will have his own room for the first time. He said his wife was overwhelmed.

"To tell you the truth, she cried," Shawn Rivers said. "She got very emotional over it, and she was ecstatic, and seeing her like that just made me happy. So, just let me know I did my job."

Nearly 475 people will occupy the building's one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
Rent in the building is set according to the residents ability to pay.

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