Hospitality House gets $1M grant for new home |

Hospitality House gets $1M grant for new home

Hospitality House is on its way to having a permanent home in Grass Valley.

Instead of sheltering 30-some homeless guests at different churches around the community, a $1 million state grant could give Hospitality House a permanent location in Glenbrook Basin – big enough to house 54 guests.

To be named “Utah’s Place,” after the late co-founder Utah Phillips, the 5,700-square-foot building would give Hospitality House more space for both guests and services, said Executive Director Cindy Maple.

Now, homeless guests gather at the Welcome Center on South Church Street in the afternoons, where they can take showers, receive mail, get references to social services and sometimes receive medical attention.

From September through May, guests then travel to one of about 30 faith centers where they can spend the night.

No overnight facilities are available from late spring to late summer.

The Emergency Housing Assistance Program Capitol Development Grant comes from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and requires the new center be up and running by September 2011, she added. It is planned for a site on Golden Gate Terrace.

Grass Valley would issue the project a use permit before it could move forward, Maple said; a hearing is scheduled for sometime next month.

“It’s great because it’s not in a residential neighborhood, (and) it’s close to a career center, the hospital and stores,” Maple said.

The former commercial building will take some work, however, so Hospitality House will launch a campaign to raise another $600,000 in funds and donated labor and materials.

“We truly see this as a grassroots community project,” Maple said. “It’s really important to us to be a positive presence in the community.”

Guests of Hospitality House will be giving back to the community starting at 10:30 a.m. today, picking up trash in Condon Park, Maple said.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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