GAAMHA Central St Sober Housing Project
GAAMHA is excited to announce plans to expand our sober housing program! This new project will feature the complete renovation of an apartment building in downtown Gardner.
Our vision is breathe new life into this historical building by completely overhauling the interior from the ground up, while maintaining the character and charm intended by its original designers. Redesigning the floor plan to accommodate additional units, modernizing the systems and materials in the building, and incorporating energy efficient and eco-friendly components will be top priorities. Once completed, the building will provide permanent, sober housing for up to 12 individuals in modern studio apartments. We intend to market the units to people who have completed residential treatment and established a solid foundation of recovery who wish to transition into independent living. These people will be able to live and work independently, manage their own lives and relationships, while remaining in a supportive environment conducive to their continued sobriety. All tenants will receive support and case management services from GAAMHA.
The market for this type of housing is extremely strong and we anticipate full tenancy with a waiting list from the moment the building is ready for habitation. GAAMHA currently operates a residential treatment program and a post-graduate supportive housing program for men, both of which remain at or near capacity at all times. The people graduating these programs seek our assistance in finding permanent housing and have long indicated a desire for a facility like the one we seek to build. GAAMHA is also regularly contacted by other treatment facilities seeking sober housing for their clients who have completed residential programs and wish to return to the area. Sadly, the only current options are rooming houses which are frequently no different than the environment the individual lived in prior to entering treatment. This project would provide housing to both men and women who meet the eligibility criteria, filling a huge void in the North Central Area for people in recovery.
The commercial space on the street level provides even more opportunity for the advancement of our mission to serve the local community. Our intention is to launch a new small business/social enterprise that will occupy one of the units. The second commercial space will be used in a collaborative partnership between GAAMHA and The A.E.D Foundation, another local non-profit agency. GAAMHA has already been partnering with the A.E.D. Foundation and provides A.E.D with space to operate a peer recovery center at GAAMHA’s headquarters. A.E.D has expressed a strong desire to move the peer center to the downtown area and intends to occupy the other commercial space on the street level bringing peer recovery services for people seeking recovery from substance use disorders and their families to the downtown area.
The 12 apartments will each be approximately 400 square feet and intended for single person occupancy. Each unit will feature a kitchen/dining area with new appliances, a full bathroom, and a combined living/sleeping area that will use either a daybed or Murphy style bed to maximize space. All units will have private entrances. It is anticipated that heat/hot water/wifi will be included in the rent and rents are expected to be approximately $650 per month. The units are expected to be available in the fall of 2016.
These units will fill up quick, so if you or someone you know is interested please click the link below to get on our waiting list:
For questions or more information please contact Shawn Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org