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Nelson Apartments, Huntington, Cabell County

Nelson Apartments, located at 418-22 9th Street West in Huntington, Cabell County, was donated to the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless in 2009. Dedicated to developing permanent housing for peo- ple who are homeless, the Coalition devised a plan to renovate this property built in 1925 into six, one- bedroom units to house some of Huntington’s homeless population.

The renovation work wa squite extensive with existing walls being removed and rebuilt. Therenovated structure has been completely rewired and a new heating and air conditioning system installed. Each unit is approximately 450 square feet in size.

The creation and development of Nelson Apartments is consistent with the Cabell-Huntington-Wayne Con- tinuum of Care 10-Year Strategies Plan, and is a vital element in the communities’ efforts to reduce home- lessness. Total project cost was $320,112, with $120,000 of that amount coming from the Trust Fund. Oth- er funding was obtained from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the West Vir- ginia Housing Development Fund.

Through collaboration and hardwork, a dilapidated building has been restored and rehabilitated. Thebuild- ing is now a vital part of the community. Most importantly, some formerly homeless people now have a place to call home.