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Our present Rescue Mission facility is over 85 years old and can no longer adequately meet the needs of the people we serve. It is costly to maintain, rapidly deteriorating and too small to serve the hundreds of women, children and men who need shelter and a warm meal.
In order to continue the work of The Mission, we need a new, modern, energy-efficient building.
The Move Our Mission Capital Campaign will turn our dream of a new Rescue Mission facility into a reality. We have already made a strong beginning:
The City of Youngstown has deeded a 17.5-acre property on the South Side to the Mission that will be home to our new building, outdoor play areas and more.
Our new building will accommodate expanded food and shelter programs for those in immediate need, and also our many educational and personal and professional development programs.
We can receive 45% ($4.5 million) of the $9.5 million cost of this project in grants and credits — but only if we can secure the remaining amount in local pledges.
Only your pledge is needed immediately — your donation can be made over the next five years.
Our normal overnight capacity is 101 men and 67 women and children, a total of 168. Our emergency capacity (30 cots and sleeping bags) brings the total to 198.
We have reached the limits of our ability to serve the community's needs in our current location. Our building is operating at near capacity, and there is no room to expand it. It is deteriorating rapidly, to the point that continued maintenance is too expensive, repairs are no longer cost-effective — and many areas are beyond repair.
Yes, in 2008. We had the property in hand, and a design had been completed. But the financial collapse of the economy put the project on hold, and we didn't do any solicitation for funding beyond the immediate Mission family.
This blended financing will come from three sources: New Markets Tax Credits, a Federal Home Loan Bank grant, and private National Education Foundations. New Markets Tax Credits were created for projects such as The Rescue Mission's, which reside in severely distressed neighborhoods and have the potential to positively impact underserved low- and moderate-income individuals. The Credits pass from the U.S. Treasury through Community Development Entities and into projects such as ours.
We have already received hard estimates from local building material suppliers and contractors. A deliberate effort will be made to employ local contractors and suppliers.
There are several possibilities. We are investigating Historic Tax Credits, which may help facilitate a repurpose sale. We could also sell the building as is to the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority. Or, if there is no sale, we could vacate the property to a city or county land bank.