Community Lodgings Has a “Brand New” Building

community_lodgings_renovationsWell, it’s done! The apartment building at 612 Notabene Drive has been turned into a building that any of us would be proud to call home. Through the thorough plans of architect John Savage and the magic of Pulte Homes and their amazing vendors and sub contractors, our old building is new again. The transformation began on September 12th and the building is now completely beautiful, inside and out. The furnishings are brand new thanks to Fran and Gant Redmon, who hosted a fundraiser that helped to cover that cost.

For the finishing touch, 23 groups signed up to “adopt-a-room”, bought all the little extras for each apartment – towels, rugs, linens, silverware, and coffeemakers, to name a few items – and really turned each apartment into a home. The grand opening and dedication of the building is at 10:00am on Wednesday, February 20th. All are invited to come and see our new space. Can’t make it that morning? 

Come anytime – I love to show it off!

How We Help – A Family in Crisis

At Community Lodgings, we are proud of our properties. We are also proud of what they enable us to do, which is to provide not only vital support through our programs but also a clean, safe home for local families. These are families who work hard to overcome great challenges, care for their kids, and juggle multiple jobs in order to pay the bills. In spite of all this, there are times when economic onditions overwhelm them and more support is needed. Community Lodgings is here to provide support.

Last year, we became aware of a family in our neighborhood that was living in a devastating situation. Their apartment was overcrowded, plagued with water leaks, mold, mildew, and infested by roaches and rodents. Despite making every effort to resolve the problems and seeking the landlord’s help in fixing the leaks and mold, none of the issues were ameliorated. Over time, the problems only worsened. Mold overtook the apartment, growing up the walls and on the very pillows and mattresses that the children slept on. The family members developed respiratory issues including asthma.

In the midst of their struggles, the family continued to make the best of the situation by caring for one another. But they realized the living conditions needed to change. Because their children had participated in our Family Learning Center programs over the years, the family asked to be considered for an apartment at Community Lodgings. Thankfully we were able to accommodate their request. This past fall, community members volunteered their time to move the family into a clean, freshly-painted affordable apartment at Community Lodgings. Supporters pitched in to replace replacing furniture that was destroyed by mold in their old apartment.

The kids now have a renewed chance to grow up in a mold-free, rodent/roach-free apartment. The improvement in their health has been dramatic – the respiratory issues are rapidly abating. The new apartment provides the family a new, healthy, safe space so they can focus on working hard and educating their children.

Community Lodgings currently provides similar support to 30 families at below-market rate and in accordance with HUD guidelines for 1-3 bedroom apartments. The low-income families in these apartments are able to participate in Community Lodgings’ free youth education programs, adult ESL, and parent education classes.


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