ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2019) – A collaboration between multiple organizations will build a large apartment-style community that will provide homeless families temporary free housing to help them get back on their feet.
Building Homes Across America is a national organization created in 2006 to build housing to help the temporary homeless cities across the country. The collaboration is between BBAA, the city of Saint Augustine, a large property owner, a local bank and three local builders. The goal is to give people who have lost their jobs a place to live until they can find new employment.
“So many people are put in unfortunate situations through no fault of their own. Our focus is to give them a chance to get back on their feet without having to worry about where they will live,” said Pam Thompson, president of Building Hope Across America. “So far the initiative has been an amazing success story.”
The complex will consist of four buildings with 200 apartments in each building. It will be built at the intersection of U.S. 1 and State Road 16.
Two and three-bedroom units will be available rent-free for up to three months for residents. After that, residents can remain in the apartments for another three months but will pay rent.
“I don’t think there is a more important issue these days than reaching out to help people in our community,” said Owner of Strickland Construction Tom Strickland. “My wife and I have spent a lifetime here and we’re honored to be able to help build this beautiful project that will mean so much to those in need.”
The project will break ground in February 2020, and families can apply for assistance in Nov. 2020. The complex is estimated to be completed and ready for move-in by Jan. 2021.