Sulzbacher Heart seeks to increase providers and housing choices for homeless males
President and CEO Cindy Funkhouser is eager to relocate to a bigger area and construct everlasting housing for homeless folks residing in downtown Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Sulzbacher Heart in Jacksonville has been a downtown draw for the homeless since 1995, however President and CEO Cindy Funkhouser mentioned she wished to search for one thing greater and higher.
“For a lot of causes, it appears the time is true,” Funkhouser defined.
After shifting all the ladies and households to a brand new location about three years in the past, she now has her sights set on the lads nonetheless residing within the present heart and hopefully will provide them one thing extra steady.
“We acknowledge that the reply to homelessness is everlasting housing,” Funkhouser mentioned.
Funkhouser is in search of a property of at the least eight acres downtown that may accommodate a number of housing models. She additionally needs to start out a for-profit enterprise that might result in job creation for her purchasers and with that, a daily wage.
“The place we might prepare folks for respectable paid work, in all probability in development,” Funkhouser defined.
She mentioned she has been engaged on the undertaking for a while, however a deciding consider getting began now could be because of the flooding attributable to the latest hurricanes.
“Hurricane Irma, we have been below 4 and a half ft of water and needed to evacuate our shelter the final three hurricanes,” Funkhouser recalled.
Funkhouser would really like the undertaking to be accomplished in three years. She despatched her proposal to the town and her subsequent precedence is to seek out the land after which fundraise.