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Alexis Muellner Editor - Tampa Bay Business Journal
The $23 million MiraclePlace started in 2012 and is set to provide more than 54,500 square feet of living, educational and counseling space. With it, Tampa nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries is doubling its capacity to meet the needs of homeless families and children, the organization said.
Amy Elam and her husband moved to Tampa earlier this year with their children hoping for employment and a better future.
Within weeks, they were in trouble. Elam's husband is self employed and she works in the hospitality industry.
The downturn in the economy meant it was difficult for them to find and keep work.
Elam says, “We lived in a hotel for about six months.”
Things were spiraling downward for the family, but soon they would rapidly get out of control.
The Tampa Tribune today reports on Miracle Place, the new transitional housing campus under construction by Metropolitan Ministries. Miracle Place will open in mid-August 2013 with 52 families moving into new apartments.
The construction of the Miracle Place campus was made possible with financing through the New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) Program. FCLF provided $10 million in tax credit allocation for the project. (Read more about Metropolitan Ministries here, and about FCLF's NMTC Program here.)
Here is an excerpt from the Tampa Tribune article by Keith Morelli. The full article appears on the Tampa Tribune website.
TAMPA - While nobody wants cramped dirty rental properties in their neighborhoods, a growing number of urban planners say small (make that tiny) single room rentals are exactly what cities need more of.
Single room rentals like the historic Jackson Rooming House in Tampa were once a mainstay of urban life. But they were already getting a bad rap about the time the film, It's a Wonderful Life came out in 1946.
Newswire (press release)
“Metropolitan Ministries has been serving the Tampa Bay community for 41 years and as the needs of this community increase, we are fortunate to have partners like Analgesic Healthcare supporting what we do. Your contributions have made a tremendous ...Read More
Northwest News and Tribune
The family festival, sponsored by Metropolitan Ministries and the Tampa Bay Storm, raises money for the ministry and helps collect toys for needy children during the holiday season. Metropolitan Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization that ...See all stories on this topic >>Read More
HOLIDAY — Metropolitan Ministries President Tim Marks says Gov. Rick Scott’s veto won’t immediately cut off all funding for a transitional housing project now under construction on U.S. 19.Read More
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