With a $1 million grant from the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation, Nativity House has moved 20 percent closer to its $5 million goal of funding what the agency calls “New Nativity House.”
Located at South 14th Street and Yakima Avenue in Tacoma, the new facility will combine Catholic Community Services offerings including its Tacoma Avenue shelter, Hospitality Kitchen and the current Nativity House day programs.
The facility, which will include 50 apartment units designed to help homeless persons transition into permanent housing, is scheduled to open in December, according to a release this week.
“We are elated and truly grateful to the Milgard Foundation,” said Mike Tucci, Sr., chairman of the fundraising campaign. “This gift is not only the largest of our campaign, but a vital endorsement of what we are doing to help our most vulnerable neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.”
The total cost of the new facility is $13.5 million, of which $11 million has been raised from government grants and tax credits. Of the $5 million projected from private donations, $2.5 million will be dedicated to completing construction with the balance given to a fud aimed at providing mental health, education and employment services.