The permanent supportive housing project called Serenity House on West Jefferson Street, next to Centier Bank received a generous donation of support from the Marshall County Community Corrections Advisory Board during their meeting Thursday, July 22nd.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter and Architect Brent Martin appeared before the board at their June meeting requesting funds to help purchase furniture for the residential facility.
The board questioned the benefit to Community Corrections and while they cannot specifically hold or reserve an apartment for their clients, many of their clientele would qualify for living in the facility. An example would be someone on pre-trial diversion or home detention with electronic monitoring and may not have a permanent place to live.
Byers also said supportive services will be onsite including Bowen Center and the property manager. He also noted that supportive housing is part of the criminal justice intercept model.
The permanent supportive housing project includes 4 – one-bedroom units, 4 – three-bedroom units and 10 – 2-bedroom apartments and will be ready for occupancy before the end of the year.
Martin and the Mayor asked for $60,000 that would help to furnish about half of the apartments in the complex. Martin said they received a grant from Marshall County Community Foundation and there may be a small amount of contingency funds available at the completion of the project.
Byers recommended using $60,000 of the Community Transition Budget that has about $115,000 in its line item. He noted that this line item is not used for any regular expenses.
The motion was made to help fund a portion of the furniture for the supportive housing project and all members present voted in favor except for Judge Colvin who was opposed.