Courageously Serving Our Brothers & Sisters
We believe that we serve Christ by serving others. Therefore…
The Diocese will establish 8 – 10 new locations of affordable housing facilities for families and/or singles managed by Catholic Charities throughout the Diocese by the end of 2021.
- Goal Update: In January of 2019, the Diocese of St. Petersburg purchased a motel in Brooksville to convert the space into 12 efficiency units of affordable housing for U.S. veterans. In addition to the purchase price of $350,000, the Diocese is investing $200,000 to rehabilitate the property to make it clean, safe and comfortable for the occupants, many of whom are currently homeless. The property is called St. Teresa Apartments and the expected open date is in October, 2019. Stay tuned for more details.
- Goal Update: Close to 30 individuals with experience in affordable housing gathered at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on August 14, 2018 to discuss how to address an important community need – housing for low-income, working families and individuals. “We believe every person has the right to a decent place to live and a safe place to live,” said Bishop Gregory Parkes. “We as a Church believe we can make a difference.” The meeting was the first-ever “Bishop’s Community Forum on Affordable Housing” and it was the first step in achieving one of the goals set forth by the new mutually shared vision of the Diocese, Courageously Living the Gospel.
WATCH VIDEOS below of Bishop Gregory Parkes answering questions about these goals during a radio interview with Spirit FM.