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Community Center Northwest of Rochester (Empowerment Center)

A project for homeless families in the Rochester area is seeking funding for what the planners are calling the "Empowerment Center" to be housed in a former elementary school. Center City Housing Corp., a nonprofit based in Duluth, announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of those that participated in a campaign planning study support the idea of turning the East Gage School site into a community center, to be called the Empowerment Center.

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Project Information

About the project

Impacts: 

Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing   Sports, Recreation, Nature   Financial Stress/Homelessness

Project Phase: 

Available

Collaborators

Contact: Nancy Cashmen ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Center City Housing

Collaborators: Center City Housing ; Family Service Rochester ; Lutheran Social Service (LSS) in Rochester ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority ; Rochester Public Schools ; Workforce Development Inc

Related Projects

2016-2020 Housing Framework ; Gage East Apartments

 

Detailed Description

The plan is to renovate the ex-school to house agencies that offer services to aid the tenants of the apartment complex. That means groups like Family Service Rochester, Workforce Development Inc., Olmsted County Community Services and more will rent space within the complex, which will be called the Empowerment Center.

A capital campaign, led by Rochester restaurateur Joe Powers and Post-Bulletin Publisher Randy Chapman, has been launched to raise $2.5 million to renovate the building. The renovations will include a new roof, a new HVAC system, upgrades to the bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, upgrades to the entrances, painting, and resurfacing the parking lot.

 

 

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Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing  

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