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ST. AUGUSTIN, Florida. – The St. Johns Housing Partnership (SJHP) on Tuesday participated in a dedication and flag raising ceremony at Patriot Place, a new housing option for at-risk veterans in St. Johns County.

The six-unit apartment community is currently under construction at 79 Masters Dr. in St. Augustine. It will be administered by Flagler Health + ‘s social health program, Care Connect +, which connects area residents to resources such as safe housing, pantries, counseling, preparation for work and transportation.

Patriot Place took over three years to develop, including finding and purchasing a suitable lot; obtain construction financing; and zoning permits and regulations, according to a press release

“For years our local Veterans Office has strived to help local veterans who need a one-bedroom apartment stay in St. Johns County,” said Bill Lazar, Director Executive of the St. Johns Housing Partnership. “Our hope is that this unique partnership with Flagler Health + will provide a level of case management and stability for our residents to get back on their feet. It is an effort to thank them for their service and support them as they return to the community.

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Lazar said that putting homeless vets on the path to affordable housing is just one of the goals of the St. Johns Housing Partnership in its collaboration with Flagler Health + and MountainStar Capital.

The total cost of the Patriot Place project, including land purchase, site preparation, design and construction, is estimated at $ 900,000. MountainStar Capital, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, purchased the land for $ 100,000 and donated it to the project.

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certification body for green residential and commercial construction, land development and local government, has announced that Patriot Place will be certified as FGBC “Florida Green”.

According to Lazar, one-bedroom apartments will measure 630 square feet and each veteran will pay around 30% of the market rate, with the balance subsidized by SJHP’s fundraising efforts.

SJHP has been creating safe, clean and affordable housing in North Florida since 1996.

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To donate to Patriot Place, contact Bill Lazar at (904) 824-0902 or [email protected]

The six-unit apartment community is currently under construction at 79 Masters Dr. in St. Augustine.

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