Ground Broken On St. Vincent de Paul Expansion

Ground was broken Thursday on a 10.6 million dollar expansion to the St. Vincent de Paul housing campus in Louisville.

The $10.6 million project will bring 54 new low-income housing units to the Smoketown neighborhood over the next two years. St. Vincent De Paul director Ed Wnorowski says the housing will be open as it’s built.

“First coming online will be the one-bedroom apartment units on the south side of the campus. Second will be the two-bedroom units. The SRO, the dorm-type facility for disabled women will probably be the last but frankly will be the most interesting,” he says.

The residents of the new unites will be families coming out of homelessness.

“These are folks that are in transitional housing right now or in shelters,” says Wnorowski. “Supporting housing, there’ll be case management available as well. We’re intending to, in very short order, to establish Boys and Girls Club.”

There is no time limit for how long families may stay in the new housing. The expansion was delayed for more than a year because of the financial collapse in 2008. Wnorowski says there’s no firm timeline for completing the project, but the first building could be open in about one year.