Governor, First Lady unveil Hope Center’s new permanent housing for women in recovery

Governor, First Lady unveil Hope Center’s new permanent housing for women in recovery

LEXINGTON, KY – August 19, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today broke ground for the Hope Center’s newest building, the Barbara H. Rouse permanent housing for women in recovery.

“A commitment to fighting substance abuse in Kentucky is critical,” said Gov. Beshear.  “The continued success of recovery centers such as The Hope Center is vital to combating this all too prevalent issue. The addition of permanent housing will offer a way for women who have completed their treatment programs to continue living in a safe, sober environment.”

The Hope Center, located in Lexington, will soon begin construction on the 44-unit apartment building, which will be built next to the Ball-Quantrell Jones Center for Women on Versailles Road. The facility will provide drug- and alcohol-free permanent housing to women in recovery while providing an atmosphere that supports continued sobriety.

“This facility and the other Recovery Kentucky centers help Kentuckians beat their addiction so they may lead healthy, productive lives,” said Jane Beshear. “I commend the women who are participating in this program and look forward to seeing all the positive things they accomplish.”

The Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food and clothing 365 days a year to help the homeless and those with addiction and mental health issues, get off the street and stay off the street. To meet those needs, The Hope Center offers recovery programs that deal with addiction (for men and women), mental health issues, employment assistance, transitional housing, social services, a free health clinic, permanent housing and the Hope Mobile. The Hope Center provides more than 25,000 meals, 10,000 nights of lodging, 700 healthcare services and 3,000 articles of clothing each month.

“When women are ready to leave our recovery program, one of the main obstacles they face is finding a place to live that will accept them and that they can afford, “ said Hope Center Executive Director Cecil Dunn. “That’s why we wanted to build a permanent housing facility for our women, to provide housing at a rate they can afford and in an atmosphere that will support their recovery.”

A portion of the funding for The Hope Center’s newest construction is stimulus money in the form of a Neighborhood Stabilization capital grant awarded by the Kentucky Department for Local Government.

Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

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