Congratulations to Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis on 39 new Project-Based Voucher (PBV) units at Dorothy Day Residence (St. Paul Public Housing Agency)

Date Published: 
December 16th, 2020

From the St. Paul Public Housng Agency's newsletter:

On November 1, 2020, 39 new PBV units came online at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis Dorothy Day Residence, with a 20-year subsidy contract (Housing Assistance Payments; HAP) from the PHA.  Completed in the Fall of 2019, Dorothy Day Residence - along with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Saint Paul Opportunity Center - comprise the second building of Dorothy Day Place, a two-building campus of 370 units which replaced the former Dorothy Day Center shelter.  The apartments were fully occupied from Day 1.

The PHA’s Board of Commissioners awarded the 39 vouchers as PBVs to this development in January of 2020.  It was the PHA’s largest PBV award in 2020 and included 15 VASH (Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing) vouchers, the PHA’s very first PBV use of VASH.  The PBV subsidies guarantee deep rental assistance for these 39 units, ensuring that all residents, including those with the lowest of incomes, will never pay more than 30% of their income toward their rent portion.

Catholic Charities, which developed and manages Dorothy Day Place, had applied for PBVs from the PHA through Minnesota Housing’s Consolidated Request for Proposals.  Their application included this summary:

“Dorothy Day Place represents the largest public-private social services partnership in Minnesota history; $110 million was raised across sectors to complete the campus.  In a region with rising rates of unsheltered homeless, a tightening rental market, and stagnant wages, the emergency shelter, affordable and supportive housing opportunities, and connections to social services provided at Dorothy Day Place, and specifically at Dorothy Day Residence, are essential for helping our most vulnerable residents achieve long-term stability.” 

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