Housing for the homeless will continue its unstoppable expansion in West Volusia County on Saturday, Dec. 15. The morning will be marked by a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting for Home Grant House, 417 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand. The public is welcome to attend.
Home Grant House will provide housing for five adults who are transitioning from emergency housing with the goal of permanent housing and independence. The home has five bedrooms and baths with a communal cooking and eating area.
Home Grant House was purchased and renovated by Volusia County Council funds. The renovation was completed this fall by the City of DeLand. Renovations included interior and exterior repairs, complete reconstruction of walls, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, kitchen and finishes. Work also included a fire suppression and alarm system and lead paint abatement.
The City of DeLand also constructed a new water main on Palmetto Avenue to serve Home Grant House, The Neighborhood Center Thrift Store conversion, and the proposed “Bridge” project: a 20-bed, 5,000-square-foot shelter and day center. The Bridge will be constructed by the City of DeLand and managed by The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. Construction will begin in early 2019.
The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., is the area’s leader in housing the formerly homeless, and thus far in 2018 has provided transitional and emergency housing services to 583 residents. The new 5-bed Home Grant House brings the number of West Volusia beds available for emergency and transitional housing to 167. Further, thus far in 2018, 92 formerly homeless households found homes through The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia’s programs. These include 20 housed in Community Housing Development Organization units, 15 housed in Neighborhood Stabilization unites and 57 housed in Housing and Urban Development units.
For more information about The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, visit www.neighborhoodcenterwv.org.