In November, 2012, the Siena/Francis House begins the next phase of our campus development efforts to better serve our community’s homeless men, women and children who show up in need of housing and assistance. This phase includes the construction of two Permanent Supportive Housing facilities and a Community Services Facility.
The permanent supportive housing consists of two facilities, each with 24 efficiency apartment units (48 total units). Each apartment will house a homeless man or woman who has a disabling condition. The new apartment facilities – constructed along 18th Street, directly west of our existing facilities – complement our family and single-men’s shelters, as well as the transitional housing we currently provide. The disabled, homeless persons who will live in these efficiency apartment units will also have the ability to utilize the services provided in our soon-to-be-completed Community Services Facility. And, each person who will live in one of these apartments will pay $250 rent, which includes utilities.
The Community Services Facility is being constructed immediately north of the apartments. This facility will contain a reception area, offices for our employees and for employees of our partnering agencies, classrooms, meeting rooms and nursing stations. Our case managers will work closely with – and provide services to – the disabled, homeless persons who will stay in the new apartments, as well as to all of the homeless who come to us in need of services. The Community Services Facility will be a "one-stop service center" that will help the homeless to obtain employment, off-campus housing, healthcare, education, social services, veterans-specific services and other government assistance, and mental health services.