Grace Place Ministry seeks 48 multi-family units for single mothers in Hendersonville

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  • Grace Place Ministry in Sumner County seeks to build 48 multi-family units for homeless single mothers in Hendersonville
Executive Director Desneige VanCleve, left, receiving a $500 donation through the Lightbridge Foundation.

A Sumner County nonprofit that helps homeless single mothers and their children is moving forward with plans to build 48 multifamily units in Hendersonville.

Grace Place Ministry has submitted a plan for four 12-unit buildings and a fifth building to be used as a child care center and accessory office on over four acres at 126 New Shackle Island Road in Hendersonville.

The Council of Mayor and Aldermen of Hendersonville unanimously approved the plan at second reading.

Grace Place Ministry opened its doors seven years ago and is located on Walton Ferry Road.

Thirty-eight units of the new facility will be dedicated to needy mothers and their children, with 30% of revenue going towards renting a house for 2 to 4 years, said ministry founder and executive director Grace Place, Desneige Van Cleve.

Meanwhile, mothers will have to strive to learn a trade, own property or obtain a university degree so that they can end the cycle of poverty,

The planning commission has given a positive recommendation to the rezoning application and the comprehensive development plan applications.

Grace Place Ministry is now helping five families at a time in its Crisis to Stability program which can address health care, housing needs and other barriers so mothers can address financial issues that get in the way. and maintaining independence.

The new facility will allow Grace Place Ministry to expand its Crisis to Stability program to up to 10 families at a time.

More than 200 mothers now request services each year, VanCleve said. Twelve to 15 families are typically helped each year, VanCleve said.

“We need to be able to help more,” VanCleve told Hendersonville planning commissioners.

The land is zoned general commercial and industrial. Traffic generated by the Ministry’s expansion of Grace Place could be less than one user under current zoning, Hendersonville Planning Director Keith Free said.

The units will be two and three bedrooms.

The daycare will accommodate 100 to 110 children, which VanCleve says is likely more than needed.

Affordable child care is a barrier for many mothers looking for work, VanCleve said.

The land has a cemetery on the property, which VanCleve says will be properly maintained.

The rezoning is contingent upon the closure of Grace Place Ministry on the property.

A construction campaign expected to last about a year is planned after the final sale of the land, VanCleve said. Construction would begin as soon as possible, VanCleve said.

Contact Andy Humbles at [email protected] or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.

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