Dayton-based nonprofit initiates $50M plan to tackle food scarcity and boost healthcare access
By Zack Frink, Elevate Dayton
Homefull, a nonprofit organization in Dayton, has initiated a $50 million endeavor to tackle the food desert in west Dayton and improve healthcare accessibility for the local population, converting 16 acres of unused land into a flourishing community, reports the Dayton Business Journal.
Setting the Stage: The two-stage project aims to introduce housing, food, and employment opportunities to the area, addressing the fundamental problems of food shortage and housing instability in the region.
The Specifics: The first phase involves the construction of a 48,000-square-foot facility that will accommodate Homefull Grocery & Marketplace, a regional wholesale food center, a primary care practice by Kettering Health, and Ziks Family Pharmacy.
The second phase will see the development of up to 144 affordable housing units and an experimental/educational farm in collaboration with Sinclair Community College's Agricultural Department.
Crunching the Numbers: Supported by $5.7 million from the City of Dayton and American Rescue Plan Act funds, the project is anticipated to generate 380 temporary construction positions and 200 long-term jobs.
The Big Takeaway: This initiative seeks to provide not only essential services such as food, healthcare, and job assistance to residents but also empower them to lead prosperous and satisfying lives.
This article originally appeared on Elevate Dayton and republished through its partnership with the Dayton Weekly News.