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Saint Vincent de Paul cuts ribbon on new temporary housing facility – Chamber Business News

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new temporary housing facility. The facility will offer accommodations for 100 unhoused seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities, along with an animal clinic by Midwestern University and a program aimed at assisting transitional housing residents in securing stable employment.

“As De Paul Manor opens its doors, it marks the launch of exceptional services and resources available to our neighbors in need,” said Chuck Carefoot, Ryan Companies southwest region president. “The completion of this project highlights our team and partners dedication to creating a transformative housing facility that will benefit vulnerable individuals and animals in our community.” 

The Workforce Development Program will aid SVdP residents to help acquire the required skills to get stable employment. 

De Paul Manor will offer beds for 100 unhoused veterans, seniors, and adults with disabilities. The newly revamped manor is modeled after Ozanam Manor. Ozanam Manor, located on SVdP’s primary campus, currently offers accommodations for 60 unhoused individuals and has achieved remarkable success, with 98% of its former residents maintaining stable housing and not requiring further homelessness assistance within one year of departure.

The Bob and Marion Auray Companion Animal Clinic will be partnering with Midwestern University to provide services for pets of the homeless or those at-risk. 

The project is being sponsored by the State of Arizona, the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, and private donations. Ryan Companies Inc., is the general contractor for the project. 

About St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a global nonprofit committed to assisting those in need and fostering community engagement. St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix is the largest SVdP branch nationwide, established in 1946 to provide essential support to families across central and northern Arizona through food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare services. Their network includes over 80 local food pantries, five dining rooms, transitional shelters, a homeless resource center, bill assistance, homelessness prevention initiatives, and a charity clinic offering medical, dental, and wellness services to the uninsured.

Housing 2025

The new transitional housing structure is part of SVdP’s Housing 2025 campaign, which aims to permanently house 2,025 homeless individuals by 2025. Since launching this initiative in October 2022, the non-profit has successfully provided permanent housing for 1,771 individuals through its transitional housing initiatives.

“This is our moment to do our part to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors during a critical time by expanding on a model of transitional housing with proven success,” said Shannon Clancy, SVdP’s Rob & Melani Walton Endowed CEO. “Our unhoused seniors, veterans, and neighbors with disabilities deserve greater access to a housing program as dignified and loving as Ozanam Manor—a place to help them find a home, and a support system with wraparound care that ensures their long-term housing success.”

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