New affordable housing apartment complex to be built in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – By next spring, there will be a new place in Youngstown for those suffering from mental health and addiction issues to live.

Ground was broken Tuesday morning for a new $8 million apartment complex on the site of the old Martin Luther King School near the city’s north side.

The Commons at Madison Avenue will offer 40 one-bedroom room units for those with mental illness who may not be able to afford decent housing or are homeless.

“There’s such a need for affordable housing in our community, especially for the target population that we’re looking to serve in this facility,” said Joe Caruso with Compass Family and Community Services. “Everybody needs housing, everybody needs a nice place to live and a good place to live, so that they can make the rest of their life better.”

The project is a collaboration of Compass Family and Community Services, Help Hotline and Meridian Health Care. It’s being paid for with funds from both state and federal agencies, as well as local charitable organizations.