CCUSA collaborates with HGTV stars on affordable housing project

August 1, 2018
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St. Jude Center in Dallas to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans and seniors

Alexandria, Va. – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is partnering with Ashley and Andy Williams, stars of HGTV’s Flip or Flop Fort Worth, to redesign an affordable housing project for Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) and the Catholic Housing Initiative (CHI). CCD and CHI are developing the St. Jude Center in northwest Dallas to provide 100 apartments to homeless veterans and seniors. The center is scheduled to open in August.

“Affordable housing is a critical need for all populations, including seniors and our military veterans,” said Sister Donna Markham, OP PhD, President and CEO of CCUSA. “Catholic Charities agencies operate about 36,000 units of affordable housing across the country and are seeking to expand markedly because of the demand. We are grateful for the support of the Williamses and Drew and Jonathan Scott and our shared commitment to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in this country.”

The Williamses, military veterans and Ft. Worth natives, are contributing to the renovation of the center, and Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers have donated furniture from Scott Living. In addition to housing, St. Jude’s will provide intensive one-on-one life coaching to its residents in the hope that they will return to the workforce and be self-sufficient within two years.

“We are passionate about revitalizing distressed communities and empowering veterans who face many challenges,” the Williamses said. “This space will provide much needed support and access to affordable housing and we are happy to be a part of this project. We hope this is the beginning of a long-standing partnership with CCUSA.”

Catholic Charities agencies work tirelessly in communities across the country to alleviate, reduce and prevent poverty. From job training to integrated health and nutrition to housing assistance, and all the critical areas in between, Catholic Charities agencies provide services directly impacting those who are most vulnerable.

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