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HOPE gets $1.24M boost
Manteca RDA loan restoring family shelter
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Manning the shovels from left are Michael Paris, Mid-Cal Constructors; Bob Raymus, HOPE board member; Councilman John Harris, City Manager Steve Pinkerton; and Dave Thompson, shelter director. - photo by GLENN KAHL
The complete $1.24 million restoration of the HOPE Family Shelter got under way this week with an official groundbreaking at the 94-year-old site of the first hospital in Manteca.

The contractor, city officials, and HOPE representatives took part in the groundbreaking held on the front lawn of the two-story shelter at 526 W. Yosemite Ave. just west of downtown as a small crowd of bystanders listened to a presentation of the plans for the structure that will see a total gutting of the building.

HOPE Executive Director Shelter Dave Thompson welcomed those attending the event and joined City Manager Steve Pinkerton, Councilman John Harris, board member Bob Raymus and contractor Michael Paris in turning the shovels of dirt in the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony.

The shelter was built during the Great Flu Epidemic of 1917 serving as the hospital for stricken citizenry.

HOPE Ministries purchased the building in 1992 and converted it into a shelter for homeless families with children.

Since the doors of the shelter opened in 1993, HOPE Shelters have assisted more than 2,000 families get back on their feet. HOPE Ministries also operate two other shelters.

HOPE Shelters has a 60 to 65 percent success rate of helping  people stand on their own two feet financially due to the programs and assistance those staying there get in terms of how to better manage their finances and lives.

The shelter needs to be brought up to code, have aging or failed systems replaced, to make it safe and to become more energy efficient.

The building has never been extensively renovated.

It has seven apartment units with 35 beds.

Manteca Redevelopment Agency issued a $1,243,440 loan to HOPE Ministries to renovate the family shelter.

The funds for the project are coming from the 20 percent RDA set aside the state requires be spent for affordable housing of some type.

If there is no default under loan conditions, the amount will be forgiven after 55 years of the signing of documents. That means the building must be used as a homeless shelter for the next 55 years.

Architect Eric Whole of Manteca said plans call for the contractors to take the building down to its frame replacing it inside and out for an all new look.