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Cirrus House, Inc. receives $100,000 from Greater Good Foundation for Low-Income Special Needs Housing Project

September 20, 2018

Cirrus House announced Tuesday that it has received a $100,000 grant to help it establish to renovate a Scottsbluff apartment complex to offer housing.

According to a press release from Executive Dirctor Brent Anderson, a neighbor approached the Cirrus House organization about purchasing nine apartment units directly across from the main services building. However, Ashwood Apartments are in need for renovations to bring them up to Cirrus House standards, he said. The nine units compose two buildings, located at Second Avenue and E. 15th St.

Fundraising began in earnest when Leadership Scottsbluff donated $21,000 in April of 2017 from its Hoops 4 Heroes event and other donations continued to trickle in from supporters in the community.

On Sept. 10, the Greater Good Foundation announced it will contribute a $50,000 grant and a $50,000 zero interest loan to help the organization complete the exterior renovation of the project including siding, windows, fire escape, railings and trim.

Anderson said, “We were planning to complete one of the building’s exterior if we received the grant request but the Greater Good, Innovations and Investment Fund committee surprised us with the offer of a zero interest loan on top of the grant.”

The combined funds will allow for full completion of the exterior part of the project. The Innovations and Investment Fund is managed by a committee of dedicated volunteers, representing a diverse cross section of the community including nonprofits, education, economic development, and business leaders, hosted by the Panhandle Area Development District. The fund was established to support mission driven nonprofits that either want to expand or start social enterprises to support the sustainability of their organization.

A majority of the interiors have already been remodeled. Cirrus House has plans for three interior remodels which includes reworking the floor plan of one apartment to make it handicap accessible.

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