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ACCAG New housing to open

The Elinor Sanchez Supportive Housing Project will be ready for occupancy within the next few weeks. Last week, the Addison County Community Action Group, project sponsor and developer, and the Elinor Sanchez Corporation, the non-profit owner, hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the project located on Washington Street in Middlebury. The project, funded with monies from HUD, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), other organizations and local individuals, will provide six independent living units for persons with disabilities and who have suffered from homelessness as a result of their disabilities. Gus Seeling, VHCB executive director, praised ACCAG for its work in developing this and other housing projects. "This project really reflects ACCAG's mission, which is often a hard thing. It would be easy to build something on the outskirts of town, it would be easy to do something less challenging. Instead, you've built this project, for a group of people who are most times forgotten, in a neighborhood within walking distance of shops and services." Michael McNamara, of HUD, also lauded ACCAG's persistence in completing the project. The project received high praise from attendees which included neighbors, donors, and representatives from social services agencies that work with persons with disabilities and the homeless. Sylvia Place, who has been selected for occupancy, cut the ribbon at last weeks ceremony. She will be moving into her new apartment within two weeks.

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