Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.
A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.
The project also includes a community services facility. Saklar says the goal is to bring the 70 programs Siena/Francis offers in partnership with other agencies in to one location.
The apartments are expected to open in August. Siena/Francis House opened in 1994. In 2008, the shelter opened a Day Services Facility.
Future projects include a medical clinic.
On the web: www.sienafrancis.org