Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

San Angelo – Galilee Community Development Corporation invites the public to a groundbreaking ceremony of their Jeremiah Plan homes at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Three homes will be built at the 200 block of West 16th Street, San Angelo, Texas. The purpose of the Jeremiah Plan is to provide a safe and stable place for families to live, while fostering residential stability, promoting self-sufficiency and family preservation while they work toward transitioning to permanent housing.

The Jeremiah Plan will be dedicated to the memory of Galilee CDC’s founder Rev. Floyd Crider. Participants will include many of the funders, community leaders and Galilee CDC board members.

All interested local citizens may attend. Snacks will be served afterwards. We are very grateful to those that have funded the Jeremiah Plan. The San Angelo Health Foundation awarded us the lion’s share with a $225,000 grant. Other major funders include: an anonymous donor ($40,000), the King Foundation ($25,000), First National Bank of Mertzon ($10,000), Crockett National Bank ($5,000), and Texas State Bank ($2,500). Galilee CDC has invested $41,223 of our own equity and land into the development. We are also thankful for the many local organizations that will join us to provide needed social service assistance to the families.

Family homeless prevention begins with a stable home for the family and then addressing the other factors affecting the family that put them at risk. Jeremiah Plan families will be responsible for paying rent while they participate in a personal social services action plan. Most families will exit to permanent housing after 12 months, but some may be extended to 18 months with Galilee CDC approval. Rent revenues will fund the ongoing social services and property management of the Jeremiah Plan.

Construction is expected to be completed in November of 2018. Families will begin to move in before the new year.

Galilee CDC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that builds new homes, offers single family homes for rent to low income persons, and provides light repairs for senior citizen and accessibility modifications for disabled home owners in and around San Angelo, Texas. Most of their homes are located in the four City of San Angelo identified low-income neighborhoods which includes: Blackshear, Reagan, Rio Vista, and Ft. Concho. More information about Galilee CDC can be found at www.galileecdc.org; or call 325-655-6700. Also, look for them on Facebook!