Bayside Village Project
Thanks to the work of Stafford Builders, individuals with a diagnosis of chronic mental illness will have another option for permanent supportive housing.
River Edge Behavioral Health has teamed up with Macon-Bibb County to receive a HOME Investment Partnership Program grant. This HUD grant for $847,000 allows River Edge to develop Bayside Village, a supportive housing community for low-income individuals with a chronic mental illness, chronic substance abuse, or a dual diagnosis of both conditions.
Currently, the Bayside Village Project provides eight new one-bedroom/one-bathroom units grouped into two one-story buildings. They are designed to meet the special physical needs of persons with disabilities to enhance the accessibility and common service potential of the units. Architecturally, they blend in with surrounding residential units and provide a more stable and “home-like” feel for the residents.
The selection of Stafford Builders was “a natural fit” according to Cass Hatcher, Chief Facilities Development Director of River Edge Behavioral Health Center. “This isn’t our first rodeo with Stafford,” Hatcher said. Previously, Stafford built Third Neighborhood, a 10-unit complex built with $1.5 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 funds made available to the City of Macon and developed by River Edge.
In addition to experience working with River Edge, Director Hatcher is proud of Stafford’s sustainable construction practices. He said, “Stafford also built Third Neighborhood to Energy Star Version 3 standards, and they built another group home for us to EarthCraft Gold level specifications.”
The eight units that Stafford Builders is constructing at Bayside Village provide a much-needed permanent and supportive home for vulnerable individuals who were homeless, residing in shelters, or moving from relative to relative because of their chronic mental illness. As funding becomes available, Hatcher hopes that these first two buildings are just the beginning, as there is a need for an additional 110 permanent supportive housing units in the Macon-Bibb County area.
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