$10 Million Rehab Project Brings Shelter for the Homeless

Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit-based non-profit organization that strives to provide basic needs, including affordable housing and food to the homeless and elderly in Southeast Michigan and Wayne County, announced last week a redevelopment project that would transform the derelict building located at 1584 Elmhurst Street at Woodrow Wilson Street into permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit-based non-profit organization that strives to provide basic needs, including affordable housing and food to the homeless and elderly in Southeast Michigan and Wayne County, announced last week a redevelopment project that would transform the derelict building located at 1584 Elmhurst Street at Woodrow Wilson Street into permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

The $10 million rehab project will be developed in a joint venture with MHT Housing Inc., an affordable housing developer headquartered in Bingham Farms, MI, under plans designed by Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas Inc. Architects and Planners in Farmington Hills. According to The Detroit News, the project is being financed through a combination of state and federal grants, low-income tax credits and sponsorships from banks.

Scheduled for completion at the end of 2013 as part of CCSS’ Arthur Antisdel Apartments project, the renovated 34,500-square-foot building will be the first homeless housing project to feature a geothermal heating/cooling system in Michigan. It will include 41 one-bedroom apartments meant to offer permanent supportive housing and a sense of community to some of the estimated 19,000 homeless men and women in Detroit. In addition to the housing units, the facility will feature a shared recreational space for residents, a computer room and office space.

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