Patriot Place to offer affordable housing to at-risk veterans in St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida. – St. John’s Housing Corporation (SJHP) participated in a dedication and flag raising event at Patriot Place, a new housing option for at-risk veterans in St. John’s County, on Tuesday.
The six-unit condo community is currently under construction at 79 Masters Doctor in St. Augustine. It will be managed by Flagler Health+’s Care Connect+ social program, which connects area residents with resources such as safe housing, food pantries, counseling services, workplace readiness, and transportation.
It has been more than three years since the establishment of a Patriot Place, including finding and purchasing a suitable plot of land; securing financing for construction; Permission and division systems according to a statement
“For years, our local Veterans Affairs office has struggled to help veterans who need a one-bedroom apartment to survive in St. Johns County,” said Bill Lazar, executive director of the St. Johns Housing Partnership. “We hope this unique partnership with Flagler Health+ will provide a level of case management and stability for our residents to get back on their feet again. This is an attempt to thank them for their service and stand by them as they reintegrate back into the community.”
Lazar said getting homeless vets on the path to affordable housing is just one of the goals of the St. John’s Housing Partnership in its collaboration with Flagler Health+ and Mountain Star Capital.
The total cost of the Patriot Place project, including land purchase, lot preparation, design and construction, is estimated to be approximately $900,000. Ponte Vedra Beach-based MountainStar Capital purchased the land for $100,000 and donated it to the project.
The Florida Green Building Alliance (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier of green residential and commercial buildings, land development and local governments, has announced that Patriot Place will receive the FGBC “Florida Green” certification.
According to Lazar, the one-bedroom apartments will measure 630 square feet, and each veteran will pay about 30% of the market price with the balance backed by the SJHP fundraising effort.
SJHP has been creating safe, clean, and affordable housing in North Florida since 1996.
To donate to Patriot Place, contact Bill Lazar at (904) 824-0902 or [email protected]
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