LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Hope Center held a ribbon-cutting on Thursday to open its newest permanent drug and alcohol-free housing facility.
They say the 48-unit, 45,000 square-foot facility on West Loudon Avenue also features community rooms for Hope Center program meetings and classes, a tenant council and access to Hope Center resources.
It is called the Don Ball Campus Center, after Hope Center past Chairperson, philanthropist and advocate, Don Ball.
The Center is located in the middle of the Hope Center’s five facilities on West Loudon Ave.
The Hope Center also has three facilities off Versailles Road, according to officials.
The opening comes at a crucial time with the drug epidemic on the rise and affordable housing increasingly difficult to find.
In addition, many clients are referred from the Emergency Shelter.
Once they leave the residential recovery program, there are few safe, affordable housing options for them.
The Hope Center’s existing permanent housing facilities, Hill Rise Place and the Barbara H. Rouse Apartments, have been consistently full since they were built.
“Safe, affordable, drug and alcohol-free housing is a necessary step for those starting a new path in their lives,” said Cecil Dunn, Hope Center executive director.
“Our clients have made a commitment to comprehensive, long-term recovery and are rebuilding their lives,” Dunn said. “They need safe, affordable housing that supports their recovery and new way of life. This new permanent housing building will address and serve exactly this need, giving our clients a better chance to stay on their new path of self-sufficiency.”
All 48 studio apartments in the Don Ball Campus Center were filled on the first day they were available.