Neighborhood Center to Cut Ribbon July 18 for 12-Bed Transitional Housing

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia will cut the ribbon on its newest transitional housing facility at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 18. City of DeLand officials and Neighborhood Center staff, donors and volunteers will be present. The public is invited to attend.

GAP (Growth and Achievement Program) House will bring an additional 12 beds to West Volusia, thus increasing the agency’s total bed capacity (emergency and transition) to 162. The beds, which will be housed in the former thrift shop behind The Neighborhood Center at 434 S. Woodland Blvd., are earmarked for men in transition or at risk of homelessness. Residents of GAP House must have income, pay $100 rent per week, and be in process of transitioning to permanent supportive housing or independent housing. Rent includes utilities, water and food. Residents can stay in GAP House for no longer than 12 months.

GAP House will be an option for residents who successfully progress from The Bridge, too. The Bridge is a planned 20-bed, 5,000-square-foot shelter and day center at 224 S. Florida Avenue. Construction on The Bridge begins next year.

“GAP House is another piece of the puzzle that will help eliminate homelessness in our community,” said Executive Director Susan Clark. “As we plan with the City of DeLand to build and manage The Bridge, we see GAP House as a place for clients to integrate into after their successful experience at The Bridge. The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia remains committed to being the leader in providing the continuum of care necessary to respond to West Volusia’s transitional housing needs.”

GAP House’s lead contractor is JMS Building Corporation; the renovation and remodeling project has cost $225,000. The Lacey Family Foundation donated $40,000 in support of the project and other donors supplied the balance. Construction of GAP House has been supported entirely by private donations.

For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.