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New housing for those with special needs opens in New Port Richey

Ozanam Village is designed to provide stable housing and specialized care for those with special needs
Officials cut the ribbon on the new phase of the Ozanam Village on May 25. Those participating from left to right: Nancy Jones, President of the St. Petersburg St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Diocesan Council; John Berry, Regional Vice President of the National Council of the US Society of SVdP; Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg; Michael J. Raposa, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul CARES; Kevin Tatreau, Director of Development Finance, Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Marcy Esbjerg, Director of Community Development, Pasco County; Shannon Nazworth, President and CEO, Ability Housing; Commissioner Christina Fitzpatrick, Pasco County District 4; Bill Cosgray, Owner of Bradley Construction.
Officials cut the ribbon on the new phase of the Ozanam Village on May 25. Those participating from left to right: Nancy Jones, President of the St. Petersburg St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Diocesan Council; John Berry, Regional Vice President of the National Council of the US Society of SVdP; Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg; Michael J. Raposa, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul CARES; Kevin Tatreau, Director of Development Finance, Florida Housing Finance Corporation; Marcy Esbjerg, Director of Community Development, Pasco County; Shannon Nazworth, President and CEO, Ability Housing; Commissioner Christina Fitzpatrick, Pasco County District 4; Bill Cosgray, Owner of Bradley Construction. [ St. Vincent de Paul CARES ]
Published May 29

NEW PORT RICHEY — St. Vincent de Paul CARES cut the ribbon last week on the third phase of its permanent supportive housing project Ozanam Village III at 7770 Ozanam Way in New Port Richey.

The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks by the organization’s chief executive officer Michael Raposa, county officials and a blessing by Gregory Parkes bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg.

The new addition features 15 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments bringing the total number of permanent units to 99.

Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg blesses the new portion of Ozanam Village in New Port Richey.
Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg blesses the new portion of Ozanam Village in New Port Richey. [ St. Vincent de Paul CARES ]

“In the spirit of our founder Frederic Ozanam, this project provides stable housing and support for those with special needs, including those with disabilities or requiring independent living services,” Raposa said in a news release. “St. Vincent de Paul CARES is committed to bringing about an end to homelessness through projects like this, with more planned for the future.”

Project partners include Florida Housing Finance Corporation, NDC Asset Management, Bradley Construction, and Ability Housing.

“We are so proud to have partnered with SVdP CARES on this project. Ozanam Village Ill will be a wonderful home for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Ability Housing is glad it was able to step-in and assist with bringing this vision to reality,” said Shannon Nazworth, president and chief executive officer of Ability Housing.