Low-income housing project under construction after delay

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A multi-million dollar construction project, to help low-income families here in Kentuckiana, is now back on track. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul had to put the project on hold because of some financing problems.

It now hopes the project will revitalize the Shelby Park and Smoketown area. Leaders at St. Vincent de Paul say this a "joyous and proud" Veterans Day. Construction is now underway on their nearly $11 million campus expansion project.

It's the biggest expansion in their history and will add 54 new, low-income housing units, including apartments for the homeless. It was no coincidence they had this ground-breaking on Thursday. They say a lot of veterans use their services. About 200 people already live on the campus. This will nearly double the amount of housing. "We're going to provide support to these families. This area has a high population of single mother households so that's the biggest piece," Executive Director Ed Wnorowski said.

St. Vincent de Paul officials announced the plan in 2008 but put it on hold because of financing problems during the recession. They now have loans and grants for the $10.6 million project.

They're optimistic the units will open up by next November. An education and counseling center is also part of the plan.

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