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New St. Vincent de Paul housing opens

O'Brien honored at ceremony

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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 am

A ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday morning to celebrate the new John O'Brien House at St. Vincent de Paul. The Homestead Street facility offers housing for low-income residents with a chronic mental illness and/or disabilities.

Pat O'Brien, who attended the ceremony with her son, Brian, said, "It's such an honor to have this building named after my late husband. I'm also delighted to see it's already totally occupied."

John O'Brien served on the St. Vincent de Paul board before becoming its president from 1999 to 2005. He was a longtime dedicated volunteer in the Coeur d'Alene community.

The new building has 14 apartments, all but one of which are single bedroom units. Apartments come with a one-year lease and residents must meet HUD income standards to be eligible for the units. Additionally, they must recertify every year.

Kelli Lunceford, housing director for St. Vincent de Paul, conducted a tour of the manager's spacious two-bedroom unit on Wednesday. The apartment is still unoccupied, since the position of manager has not yet been filled. Lunceford said she has had 85 applications for the job.

"There is a huge need for places like this," she said. "We've got residents here now who were previously living in their cars, as well as people who've never before had permanent housing."

One new resident, who went by the name "James" said, "This is working out great for me." James identified himself as a National Guard veteran.

Mayor Sandi Bloem and Pat O'Brien cut the ceremonial ribbon.

"What has been built here today is more than a beautiful building," said John Bruning, outgoing St. Vincent de Paul board member. "It is, rather, a home."

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  • billmarket17 posted at 11:35 pm on Wed, Nov 19, 2014.

    billmarket17 Posts: 1

    You need a fence for this new house because many people with disabilities will be accepted here. You will find the best services at http://allstarcontracting.com/ and you should choose an offer that is suitable with your current budget.

     
  • mintelume posted at 10:51 am on Wed, Nov 19, 2014.

    mintelume Posts: 5

    You need a fence for this new house because many people with disabilities will be accepted here. You will find the best services at http://allstarcontracting.com/ and you should choose an offer that is suitable with your current budget.

     
  • Mr Reality posted at 11:16 am on Thu, Aug 8, 2013.

    Mr Reality Posts: 14

    I hope St. Vincent de Paul truly only allows people whom have disabilities and need help, and not allow sex offenders and people with criminal past to live here. I wonder how many of these facilities are in the neighborhoods of the sponsors. I would bet not many.
    The transition housing and halfway houses on Sherman are full of "model citizens" and are near our schools, This was recently in the CDA press and it was pointed out that they were not permitted to house some of the people they were.

     
  • Pooey007 posted at 7:19 am on Wed, Aug 7, 2013.

    Pooey007 Posts: 23

    @voxpop: Why?

     
  • voxpop posted at 6:08 am on Wed, Aug 7, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    "The Homestead Street facility offers housing for low-income residents with a chronic mental illness and/or disabilities."

    Not a bad idea, assuming you don't live nearby.

     
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