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January 27, 2014

Jackson Street Commons nearing completion

FSA project receives $50,000 in contributions; hopes to be open by April.

Judy Dennis can see the light at the end of the tunnel as the Jackson Street Commons veteran housing project approaches the final stages of both fundraising and construction.

Dennis, the executive director of the Family Service Association of Howard County, was thrilled to learn of a pair of contributions totaling $50,000 that will help the project reach its fundraising goals.

The contributions came from the Center Township Board of Trustees and the Howard County Board of Commissioners and county council, which each provided $25,000 through a community services contract.

“We appreciate the community stepping up to the plate,” Dennis said. “We’re pleased to be able to offer a service like this to the community. It’s been a long road, but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The latest contributions leave the FSA just $125,000 short of the $3.6 million needed to fund the project entirely. The FSA continues to fundraise and seek donations to fill the gap.

Dennis said additional fundraising has resulted in furnishing provided for all of the apartment units inside Jackson Street Commons.

Inclement weather has set back the 27-unit apartment complex project for disabled homeless veterans with a new target completion date of March 31 for the complex located on Jackson Street near Apperson Way.

“They’ve encountered some problems with getting the permanent heat on inside the building,” Dennis said. “They are bringing in [equipment to thaw] the inside. Construction for things like the flooring can’t be laid until the permanent heat is on.”

Land for the complex was donated by the county, while FSA received funding through a $2.5-million Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority grant. Community donations and a number of fundraisers sponsored by the VFW Post No. 1152 have helped pay the rest.

The FSA teamed up with the city, local veterans organizations and hospitals to provide the home for veterans that will surround them with services to help them recover and become self-sufficient.

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