WARREN - Framing and setting the tresses on the second floor for 12 apartments at the YWCA of Warren is under way this week as the Y says it's on schedule for an early spring opening of the addition.
The three-bedroom apartment units are being built on the north side of the YWCA building off North Park Avenue where the swimming pool, demolished earlier this year, used to be.
Testa Builders Construction of Cuyahoga Falls is in charge of the $2.1 million construction project, with grant funding and donations covering costs. Joe Scaccio, job superintendent with Testa Builders, said plans are to get the project completed by a target of February.
''Everything has been going well with no major surprises. We hope the weather will hold a few more days so we can get more done outside and get the roof on, and then we can start doing the interior,'' he said Monday.
Kenya Roberts-Howard, interim director at the YWCA, said the project has been moving on schedule.
''We are pleased with what work has been completed,'' she said
Kenya Roberts-Howard, interim executive director of the YWCA of Warren, and Linda Spence, a YWCA board member, watch as work is being done Monday on the construction of 12 permanent supportive housing apartment units at the YWCA building.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Bob Coupland
Demolition of the former YWCA swimming pool took place in July to make room for the apartments, which are a collaboration between the YWCA and Beatitude House.
YWCA officials have said when the two groups started looking at the feasibility of having housing for women, it was determined to transform the former pool area of the YWCA into the housing.
Former YWCA Executive Director Shari Harrell had said earlier this year it was determined there was a need for housing for women and children to transition and become self-sufficient and move ahead with their lives.
Harrell said spoken to the Corporation for Supportive Housing regional chapter, which offers training for organizations interested in developing permanent supportive housing, which is the direction the YWCA is moving.
The YWCA has licensed child care and youth activities, while Beatitude House has case management and supportive services.
Sister Patricia McNicholas, executive director of Beatitude House, has said among the many advantages of working together is Beatitude House has 63 apartments for homeless women and children, 31 of them transitional, where individuals move from homelessness to permanent housing.
In other situations, there are serious long-term disabilities, where an individual needs permanent supportive housing while facing obstacles, she said.
Currently, Mahoning County has 24 permanent housing units, and Trumbull has four located in Girard, working with Humility of Mary Health Partners, McNicholas said.
Transitional housing is one to two years, while the permanent housing is more than two years.
Officials have said the need for the family to be in a stable system is important.
Women and children would stay at the homes and receive supportive services and places to go if there are issues. Single women will also be served, with some apartment units to be for them, in addition to the units for women with children.
The YWCA pool has not been used since 2006 and took up a one third of the building.
The YWCA will partner with Beatitude House and Coleman Professional Services to operate the housing and provide the residents with supportive services.
The project is being funded by Huntington Bank, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Warren Trumbull Home Consortium, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Rotary Club of Warren.