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Family Promise transitional home installed to serve homeless families
The new Family Promise home is pieced together Thursday evening in New Holland. The house consists of three parts brought to the site and placed together.

Like a game of Tetris, the three pieces of a modular home dropped into place Thursday on Spring Street in Gainesville.

The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home worth $300,000 provides an affordable housing option for families working with Family Promise to transition out of homelessness.

Lindsey McCamy, Family Promise of Hall County’s director, said the organization will make the space available for a family graduating through its 90-day program. 

“They’re able to move into here without having to pay any kind of deposits or turn on utilities,” McCamy said, whose organization addresses homelessness in Gainesville.

Family Promise partnered with HomeAide Atlanta and Jim Chapman Communities for the home, which is one of a few the nonprofit has in the area.

In January 2016, Family Promise received more than $30,000 in a Junior League of Hall County grant for renovations.

“While in the program, families pay monthly rent based on their income,” according to Family Promise’s website. “Their utilities are covered by that rent payment and the remainder is deposited into a savings account for the family.”

Family Promise expects to house five families each year in one of their properties.

Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, workers parked the three parts of the modular home along Spring Street. As one piece was driven onto the lot, a team of workers unwrapped the piece like a Christmas present.

Using a crane, the workers lifted the piece off of the trailer beds and put in place.

“They’ll spend the next couple of weeks patching the seams,” McCamy said.

McCamy said the dedication will be in March, when the organization hopes to have a family in place.



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