New affordable housing development breaks ground in Grand Chute

Appleton housing authorities believes more than 120 people could live in these new homes

Grand Chute groundbreaking ceremony

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) – Bringing together public and private resources – and local and state finances – builders and backers broke ground today on the new Grand View Townhomes project in Grand Chute.

The $7 million project includes two buildings with 20 units each.

Appleton housing authorities believes more than 120 people could live in these new homes.

“Families are going to given the opportunity to have stable decent safe housing so that their children can thrive,” said Appleton Housing Authorities Debra Dillenberg.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development awarded the project a four million dollar tax credit spread over ten years.

As a co-project developer the Housing Authority is confident it can help help a lot of families.

“Our own waiting list has over 2,000 thousand families on it and the need is increasing,” said Dillenberg.

Ten of the 40 units will be made available for the homeless or the near homeless families with a member that has a physical or developmental disability.

That may open up some space for homeless connections in Appleton.

“Our shelter has a 78 bed capacity today we have about a 80 people in shelter and we have about 30 people on our waiting lists,” said Homeless Connections Executive Director Jerome Martin.