Family Promise of South Sarasota County closed Tuesday on its purchase of 10 cottages off of Substation Road to be used in its Pathways Home transitional housing program for participants in its homeless outreach efforts.
“I am hopeful that within one to two weeks we will be moving families in,” Jen Fabenbaum, executive director of Family Promise of South Sarasota County, said prior to the closing.
Family Promise completed the purchase of the cottages for $2.5 million from Mike Miller and MPS Development after raising more than $1.3 million through a public appeal – mostly on the strength of $250,000 contributions from Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
The city of Venice pledged to contribute $50,000 to the project. The Venice City Council authorized Mayor Ron Feinsod to sign a partnership agreement for the funds as part of its consent agenda Tuesday morning.