Detroiters facing personal challenges that impact their housing needs have a new stake in their community.
Central City Integrated Health (CCIH) today announced the grand opening of a renovated, historic building with 26 one-bedroom units welcoming residents who’ve faced homelessness, mental illness and other issues. The Saint Rita Apartments is a $7.2 million investment resulting from a collaboration between CCIH and Cinnaire, a full-service developer that supports community stabilization.
Mayor Mike Duggan helped CCIH celebrate the affordable, Midtown-area development that qualifying tenants earning income within Michigan State Housing Development Authority guidelines will occupy March 15.
“As Detroit neighborhoods improve, we have to make sure there is room for everyone, including our most vulnerable residents,” says Duggan. “Thanks to the redevelopment of the Saint Rita and support services provided by CCIH, residents struggling with homelessness, especially our veterans, will have the support they need to transition into a more stable life, employment and, eventually, permanent housing.”
The City of Detroit provided more than $1.5 million in Home Funds to support the Saint Rita, located at 35 Owen St.
CCIH President and CEO Ryan Lepper, who was joined by state of Michigan officials and other supporters of the housing initiative, calls it a rebirth in the neighborhood.
“After 100 years from its creation, the historic Saint Rita Apartments are being brought back to life, not for the wealthy, but for those most in need,” Lepper says. “We have diligently worked to ensure that these individuals can live with the dignity and respect that they deserve as they continue to rebuild their lives.”
Featuring 750-square-foot units and Georgian Revival red brick, the hallways are decorated with tile work and imported marble from Greece. Amenities include a community room, computer lab, library and common laundry room.
Humble Design, a local nonprofit that helps families transitioning from homeless shelters, will design and furnish two apartments for two residents.
“As a former employee, I can attest to the remarkable work that is being done at CCIH,” says Humble Design Chief Development Officer Shelly Watts. “I helped to secure funding for Saint Rita and I couldn’t be prouder that Humble Design is partnering with CCIH to furnish units for veterans that have experienced homelessness.”
Saint Rita Apartments will open with full occupancy and there is already a waiting list for future tenants.
The building is CCIH’s fourth affordable housing development, including a planned $5 million renovation of The Charlotte Apartments, 644 Charlotte, in Detroit.
Photos by Annistique Photography