UPDATE: HOMEAID ATLANTA AND JBJSF PARTNER TO BUILD THE PHOENIX PASS COMPLEX
Phoenix Pass will be a long-term transitional housing complex, the first in Rockdale County, serving families, particularly women with children, who are experiencing temporary homelessness in the Conyers/Rockdale County Community. Phoenix Pass is being constructed through the assistance of HomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds housing for the homeless. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s partnership with HomeAid Atlanta has allowed the Phoenix Pass project to come to fruition, supplying critical gap funding needed to begin the first phase of construction.
Phoenix Pass consists of a two eight-unit apartment buildings as well as a community center. The groundbreaking took place in July of 2009 and the project is currently in Phase One, which will include one of the apartment buildings and the community center (see Photos link above). Phase Two will include the second apartment building.
Of the 16 total apartment units, 14 units will be 775 square feet each, and two units (one per building) will be 866 square feet each for ADA compliance. Each apartment unit will include a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a private bathroom. All units have central A/C and heat and the build incorporates many green building elements. One family will occupy each unit (each unit can accommodate up to six family members).
Anchored by a lighthouse, the community center will include an activity room, meeting room, laundry room, storage area, four restrooms, two kitchenettes and staff office. Phoenix Pass will provide transitional housing for up to two years along with a case management program, a mentorship program, life skills classes (e.g. financial management, family management, job assistance) and aftercare programs. RER provides assistance and supportive services for families living and/or working in the Rockdale County community.
As of Monday, February 15th, 2010, Phoenix Pass is currently moving along at a great pace! The brick and siding have been fully installed on the apartment building, and the windows are being installed on the lighthouse. The process of finalizing the selection of paint colors is almost complete and the painting of the exterior should begin shortly. A trench will soon be dug for piping for the fire sprinkler system. When the trench has been filled in, the exterior concrete flatwork and iron railings can be installed on the apartment building. Check out the Phoenix Pass Photo Gallery for pictures of what the project currently looks like.
The dedication of Phoenix Pass is anticipated to be in the Spring of 2010!
Check back for more updates as the project nears completion!
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