BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Single mothers who are military veterans now have a new place to find affordable housing in Buffalo. Saving Grace Ministries Inc. said there are around 200 homeless women with children struggling in Buffalo and the surrounding communities.
Tuesday the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, along with Saving Grace and True Community Development, announced the Patriot Heights Apartments Project. The renovation project will turn the existing building at 347 East Ferry street in Buffalo into 16 affordable apartments. Saving Grace bought the former Humboldt YMCA building with money from the Sabres Foundation. Along with the City of Buffalo, around $2.7 will be invested into the building that will change people’s lives.
“Probably most of us, we can’t fathom the deep personal emotional despair that homelessness places upon ones soul. It’s a lonely place, often a struggling place and a dark place,” said Reverend Terry King with Saving Grace Ministries.
“If we can return some of them to a real life, if we can give them an opportunity to get back out into the workforce, give their kids a safe place to be all day long, then I think we’ve accomplished our goal,” said Cliff Benson Buffalo Sabres Foundation President.
The building will also house a community resource center on the first floor to give families more education opportunities to help them get back on their feet. The renovations should be finished in March of 2016.