PUBLISHED: 1:50 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Dedication set for Monday for new low income housing facility
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent de Paul Society recently completed the construction of seven low-income apartments at its facility at 8617 Teal St. in Juneau.

The project was funded by a $500,000 grant from the City and Borough of Juneau and $190,000 from St Vincent's.

A special thanks goes out to Peter Freer with CBJ's Community Development section, whom provided support throughout the project. Northwind Architects did the design and McGraw Custom Construction was the contractor.

The apartments include five single bedroom units and two double bedroom units, which are handicap accessible, and several of the units are rented by occupants experiencing a disability.

Construction began in June with initial occupancy in October. Rent is based on a fair market value but, the occupant's share cannot exceed 30 percent of income.

The difference is paid through Housing Choice vouchers, a federal low income housing grant.

The housing project displaced the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, which had to be relocated to the adjacent South part of the property. While the thrift store was able to remain open during construction project it certainly put a squeeze on space. With construction complete, the thrift store is more accessible and there are plans to expand the store floor space.

Paul Paradis was the driving force in developing the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Juneau in 1980. Paradis remains active at St. Vincent's and his optimism and faith are a positive influence for all the staff and volunteers.

The new units, called Paul's Place, are dedicated to Paradis, and his vision in creating the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Juneau. A dedication ceremony will be held from noon-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, and Bishop Michael Warfel will lead in the dedication of the new units at 1 p.m.

The public is invited and refreshments will be served. For information, call contact Dan Austin at 523-2173.