Venice, Fla. diocese to build farmworker housing with government financing

In the "uplifting news" category is a story of low-income housing being built through Catholic Charities of the Venice, Fla. diocese with financing by the State of Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the United States Department of Agriculture. Forty-four of the units will be designated as eligible for rental assistance through the USDA.

According to the News-Press:

The Diocese of Venice, through Catholic Charities, will be building 53 single-family homes on a 29-acre plot of land in DeSoto County for low-income farmworkers in Arcadia.

The housing complex will be called Casa San Juan Bosco, after St. John Bosco, the Catholic priest and educator known for his service to the poor and disadvantaged, the diocese said.

According to a news release, the diocese said construction is expected to begin Saturday and will likely take 12 months for completion. The homes will be built by Brooks & Freund LLC of Fort Myers, chosen after a bid process including 15 companies.

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