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Progress made on Lighthouse Haven buildings

The Lighthouse Haven buildings along N. 6th Street in Steubenville have come a long way in the past few months. They're apartment style, independent living for people in Jefferson County needing a roof over their head. (WTOV9).

The Lighthouse Haven buildings along N. 6th Street in Steubenville have come a long way in the past few months.

They're apartment style, independent living for people in Jefferson County needing a roof over their head.


"(There are) six individual apartments and four family apartments," CEO of Jefferson Behavioral Health Anthony Sheposh said. "The family apartments will consist of two, two-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom apartments, so this is the first time in the community we will be able to (permanently) put families together who are experiencing homelessness."

This independent living is not just for the homeless. Sheposh says the two structures will also house people who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, suffering with mild to moderate mental health problems, or those who are physically disabled.

It features a handicap accessible unit with shorter sinks and stove top. The bathroom is handicap accessible as well.

All of the work is being done by Fort Steuben Maintenance - local contractors.

"I think it does enrich the community and the neighborhood as well, and brings a lot of value to the area," Sheposh said.

Sheposh says the nearly $2 million project was made possible by grants, and help on the federal, state, and local level.

"WesBanco Bank was the local facility that provided for the construction loan (with technical support from Huntington Bank), but the buildings were built through grant funds that were provided through the Department of Mental Health and Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Home Loan Bank."

It's increased housing further helping Jefferson Behavioral Health meet its mission.

"To allow for them to feel that they have found a facility that is providing for safe affordable housing," Sheposh said.

Security systems are in place, and case management staff will visit the facility on a regular basis. They are working with the Metropolitan Housing Authority under Section 8 guidelines to determine who will move in.

An open house is expected in late April, and the apartments should be occupied in the next few months.

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