“When we saw this funding, we thought this might be the answer, so we could become responsive to the community again,” Holman said.
Holman contacted the Community Development Block Grant program representative at Ohio DOD and reviewed the proposed Buckeye House renovation project to see if it would qualify. A pre-application submitted by the city has been approved, opening the door for the city to submit a full application.
The city has not been approached by any other Troy organization about the grant, Reese said, and Troy city council is expected to approve the request this month.
“At Buckeye House, everything is so closed, the kitchen is so tight. We’re really struggling, ”said Holman. “We thought it would be an opportunity for us to get some repairs to be able to create some separation in the shelter. “
Proposed projects include replacing a “very, very dated” HVAC system, adding filters for better air quality, relocating a wall to add more open space, and relocating the air conditioner. laundry room to a new space that would be added to the house. Electricity would be routed to a garage so a freezer could be moved, again creating more open space in the walls of the house.
The three toilets, which Holman said are “in very poor condition”, would be upgraded for better accessibility and easier cleaning.
“It’s a big project. If we can achieve this, we can also restore our capacity, ”she said.
Holman said she appreciated the city’s support for the grant.
“We both have a vested interest in ensuring that services remain open to homeless people. We don’t want people to catch or spread the virus because they don’t have a home, ”she said.
The shelter is ready to move forward if the grant receives final approval and once offers are received. The grant would be administered by the city.
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