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Metropolitan Ministries details expansion plans

TAMPA — Metropolitan Ministries released details this week of a planned campus expansion that will double the nonprofit's services and shelter space to accommodate the growing number of homeless needing assistance.

Called "MiraclePlace," the phased $23 million project will break ground early next year and include 50 new shelter rooms, expanded kitchen and dining facilities, a crisis intervention center, day care for 172 children, a K-5 school for 150 children, an education center to serve 100 adults, a community center and a chapel.

Metropolitan Ministries' 25-year-old family care center also will be upgraded.

The expansion will take place on Metropolitan Ministries' campus at 2002 N Florida Ave.

To pay for the project, the organization will launch a five-year capital campaign.

The first phase is expected to cost $12 million, with $5 million in financial support already committed, officials said in a statement.

Last year, Metropolitan Ministries saw more than 2,700 families seeking help for emergency housing, a 47 percent increase compared with the previous year. Metropolitan Ministries houses more than 60 families on and off its campus on most nights, officials said. More than 50 families are on waiting lists for shelter and service programs.

The expansion project coincides with Metropolitan Ministries' 40th year.

Metropolitan Ministries details expansion plans 11/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 11:37pm]
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