Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Peabody Properties, Windover Construction and Father Bill’s & MainSpring Partner on New Veterans Housing and Services
Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc. (AHSC) today announced that The Home Depot Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant in support of the Howard House in Brockton, which will provide permanent, supportive housing for homeless and at-risk veterans.
AHSC, development and management partner Peabody Properties, Inc. and general contractor Windover Construction will construct 14 units of permanent, supportive housing – with priority occupancy for homeless and at-risk veterans – on the campus of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Brockton.
The new community, which will be managed by full-service real estate firm Peabody Properties, will provide furnished, efficiency apartments and community space, as well as on-site professional management and supportive service staff to increase residents’ self-sufficiency and wellbeing. Brockton-based Father Bill’s & MainSpring will provide services in conjunction with Peabody Resident Services, Inc., a branch of Peabody Properties dedicated solely to the development of supportive services and programs for residents of affordable housing.
Built in 1924 to provide housing for Brockton’s aging male population, the Howard House was later acquired by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Most recently, the building has been used for office and storage space. The $7 million conversion project is made possible through recently awarded state subsidies, state and federal historic tax credits, federal funds awarded by the Brockton Redevelopment Authority and the VA and private donations, including $200,000 from The Home Depot Foundation.
The Home Depot Foundation grants are awarded to 501c3 nonprofit organizations that have a proven track record in developing housing for veterans and which address their unique needs with supportive services, including access to counseling and mental and physical health services, vocational training, job placement programs and socialization opportunities. The Foundation has awarded nearly $85 million to date and has helped impact over 17,000 units of veterans housing.
According to AHSC Executive Director, Mike Mattos, The Home Depot Foundation grant will greatly assist AHSC, Peabody Properties and Windover Construction in developing much needed, permanent and affordable housing for Massachusetts veterans. “Ending homelessness among our veterans continues to be a top priority for AHSC, Peabody Properties and Windover Construction, and this grant will go a long way in making this a reality,” said Mattos. “We are committed to providing and preserving affordable housing with supportive services for special populations, such as veterans. We are grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for making these grants available to developers and connecting veterans with the resources they need to help improve their lives and the lives of their families.”