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Detroit – The Pope Francis Center in Detroit is planning a 40-unit development to provide bridge housing for the homeless.

The $19 million project would include studio apartments, a cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms and a public health clinic. Residents would spend 90 to 120 days there before moving on to more permanent housing.

Detroit’s Planning Commission has approved rezoning for the six-acre site on the city’s eastside. Sufficient funds need to be raised for the project which still is awaiting final approvals from the city.

The Pope Francis Center provides daily meals, showers, laundry, and mental and physical health support to about 200 homeless persons at its location in downtown Detroit.

Executive director Tim McCabe says the center seeks to be “a leader in ending homelessness in Detroit.”

Earlier this month, the Neighborhood Service Organization started work on a $20M center for the city's homeless.

The first phase of the project is a 45-unit permanent supportive housing apartment complex. The two-story building will house supportive services on the first floor, and the second story will be the apartments.

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