CADAS gets $500,000 grant from Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – The Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (CADAS) will use a $500,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) to help construct supportive housing units in Chattanooga for individuals recovering from addiction.
        The Housing Trust Fund grant was one of six totaling just over $2.3 million that was approved at the November meeting of the THDA Board of Directors.
        CADAS will combine the HTF grant with additional funding sources to complete the $3 million apartment complex.
The project will feature a total of 24 single-bedroom apartment units located in Chattanooga’s North Shore neighborhood. The apartment complex will be designed for adults in the early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Residents of the “sober living” apartments will be required to work, pay rent and will receive supportive services from CADAS.
        THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey said safe, affordable can play a large role in helping
those battling drug addiction get back on their feet and stay sober.
        “Sometimes, have the safety and security of a place to call home can be that final piece of help a
person needs to get their lives back on track after battling addiction,” Perrey said. “We applaud
CADAS for taking on this project and providing much needed housing for this high risk group.”
Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), who also serves on the
CADAS Board of Directors, praised the non-profit’s work in the Chattanooga area.
        "It’s great to play a small part in such a great operation," McCormick said. "They really are doing
some great work here in our community."
        CADAS Executive Director Paul Fuchcar said the grant funding from THDA played an
important role in moving the project forward.
        “The grants CADAS has received will make the difference between a dream and reality,”
Fuchcar said. “These two dozen residences for individuals in early recovery will make a
tremendous difference for Tennesseans as they practice their newfound skills.
        “According to multiple sources, the greatest chemical dependency need in our area is for
affordable sober housing for individuals coming out of treatment. We are so pleased to be able to
provide residences these good folks as they continue their recovery.”
        Fuchcar said the units will be open to both men and women and feature energy-efficient
appliances and construction.
        The apartments, Fuchcar said, represent one of CADAS’s most ambitious undertakings in its
history.
        “CADAS has been a part of the Chattanooga community for over 50 years, offering the highest
quality treatment services to the chemically dependent, their families and the community at
large,” Fuchcar said. “The apartment project represents the greatest single expansion in our
history.”
        The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) was created by the THDA Board of Directors to provide
financial support for innovative, affordable initiatives that serve the housing needs of
Tennessee’s must vulnerable residents.
        Funding for the Housing Trust Fund comes entirely from earnings generated through THDA’s
Single Family Mortgage program. HTF grants are awarded through a competitive application
process. Since 2006 THDA has provided over $72.3 million in HTF grants to local governments
and nonprofit organizations across the state.
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