After a long and distinguished career as a human services professional, Mary Crowley, Manager of Program Development for TCHDC, retired at the end of 2013. David Browne, the new Program Manager, brings experience in housing and homelessness, employment services, grant writing and education to the position. Kelly McSherry-Mesa was the Program Coordinator at Liberty Plaza Resource Center and Calibre Ridge from 2006 until she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 1, 2013. We are excited to have former McVay Fellow Caleb Williamson returning to Liberty Plaza as the new Program Coordinator for TCHDC.
The Kelly McSherry-Mesa Memorial Children's Fund (the Kelly Fund) is now established in the name of Kelly McSherry-Mesa, long-time Program Coordinator for TCHDC, to provide single-need financial supports for individual children to cover the cost of educational and recreational activities and supplies that cannot be covered by other means. The Fund will make its first awards in 2014. To make a contribution to the Kelly Fund, or for more information, contact Program Manager, Dave Browne, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-292-0211 x 227.
On March 4, Comcast announced that families with children who attend a school in St. Paul and who are eligible for Internet Essentials and are not currently customers can receive six months of Internet service at no cost if they apply for the program by March 25th (offer has been extended by one week) and are approved. Internet Essentials is a program of Comcast whose purpose is to close the digital divide.
TCHDC completed the substantial renovation of Northgate Woods, a 75 unit affordable property in Blaine, MN, in November 2011. In 2012 Northgate Woods was nominated for an MHA MADACS (Multi housing Acheivement in Design, Adversiting and Community Support) Award in the area of Complete/Total Building Renovation. The Minnesota Multi Housing Association acknowledges the MADACS awards as the most honored award given in recognition of superior contributions to the multi housing industry.
The newest addition to the TCHDC portfolio is St. Philip’s Gardens. St. Philip’s Gardens is a property with significant relevance to the Summit-University area. In 1972, it was developed by the small inner-city church, St. Philip’s Episcopal, as housing for the working poor of the community. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was started in 1894 as St. Philip’s Mission. The church served the African American community for over a century and grew to a multicultural congregation serving the area, while retaining the special African American warmth, spirit, and music.
Last December, in partnership with East Side Neighborhood Development Company, we began the substantial rehab of 48 units on the East Side of St. Paul. The project also includes the addition of three new units. At the completion of the project, there will be 51 units of high- quality affordable housing in an area that has seen tremendous disinvestment and deterioration for many years.