By Sarah Klein
The ribbon was cut Friday on Siloam Mission’s new Wolseley area housing initiative that began two years ago.
The Madison at 210 Evanson Street includes 85 units and will act as housing for the city’s less fortunate after undergoing $1.2 million of renovations.
“We’re very excited to announce this grand opening. The Madison is the first step in our Vision 500 plan to create 500 homes and 500 jobs within the next five years,” said Siloam Mission executive director Floyd Perras.
Renovations were completed with the help of participants in the homeless shelter’s Building Futures employment-training program.
Residents contribute about $615 per month for their room at The Madison, which includes three meals a day, free access to laundry machines, 24-hour on-site support and access to engaging programming and special events around the community.
The building was purchased in April 2011 for $300,000 and was funded by all three levels of government.