Affordable Housing, Thrift Store Projects Launched

The Prescott-based Coalition for Compassion and Justice is moving ahead with two major projects.

One is an affordable housing project involving an estimated 20-unit mobile home park to accommodate homeless or low-income individuals and/or families.

The second is the opening of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice Thrift Store in its new location at 531 Madison Ave., adjacent to Miller Valley Road.

Mobile home park

The capital campaign to fund the mobile home park hopes to generate $800,000 in the next 18 months. The coalition hopes to purchase approximately 4.5 acres in the greater Prescott area but no site has been identified yet, said Jessi Hans, coalition executive director.

Hans said it will be the most expensive project the group has taken on.

The first year likely will involve the siting of several one, two or three-bedroom mobile homes, Hans said. Additional homes will be added in following years; the goal being to become self-supporting from rental income. Rental rates are projected to be $600 to $800 a month in the initial phase.

The project is what coalition calls its “Second Chance Housing Program.” The nonprofit organization already owns various rental units. Some are mobile homes while others include three lodge-model homes, which can accommodate four to six persons in units with kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities.

Thrift store

The Coalition for Compassion and Justice Thrift Store, previously located on Fair Street just across from the Yavapai County Administrative Building, is now located in coalition’s main building.

Renamed the “Second Glance Thrift Store,” it occupies more than 6,000 square feet in the remodeled building.

Hans said the new store is almost double the size of the previous one. Remodeling also included office space for administrative personnel.

The new location can accommodate the large variety of items for sale — clothing, small and large appliances, household goods and other necessities.

Hans said the thrift store was a major source of coalition income — up to $20,000 a month. It also provides employment for several clients.

More information is available at
www.yavapaiccj.org or 928-445-8342.