Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

Rep. Turner Announces Grant for St. Mary Development Corporation

Feb 22, 2021
Press Release

$456,500 Grant Will Support Basic Operations for Dayton Non-Profit Housing Developer

Dayton, OH—Today Congressman Turner announced that the House Committee on Appropriations will issue an expendable grant operating support for the NeighborWorks network, including a $456,500 grant to the St. Mary’s Development Corporation. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) under Title III of Division L provided $163,000,000 to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, known as “NeighborWorks”. A long-time advocate for affordable housing, Turner’s support for the CRRSAA helped make this funding possible.

"For over a decade, I have worked closely with St. Mary Development Corporation and led the charge in Congress to secure resources for affordable housing projects in our community. I voted for the CRRSAA which funded this new grant that will help St. Mary continue their important work to provide affordable, quality housing for Dayton veterans and seniors," said Turner. "I am proud to have authored the amendment that created the Lyons Place II, and I’ll continue working in Congress as a leading advocate on affordable housing to secure additional resources for St. Mary.” 

Tim Bete, the President of St. Mary Development Corporation, thanked the Congressman for his continued advocacy on behalf of St. Mary.

"Congressman Turner has always been a tremendous advocate for St. Mary and affordable housing. He understands that NeighborWorks funding has been a key factor in our ability to create projects such as McBride Place Senior Apartments that is just opening on the VA Campus in Dayton, and the renovation of the Biltmore Towers in downtown Dayton. We're blessed to be a charter member of NeighborWorks as well as to have the support of Congressmen Turner," said Bete. 

NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit organization, established by Congress in 1978. It supports and enhances a network of about 250 local and regional nonprofit partner NeighborWorks organizations that aims to bring together residents, private-sector business leaders, and representatives of local government to create more opportunities in communities. 

This grant provides operating support for the NeighborWorks network, which includes St. Mary Development Corporation. According to the House Committee on Appropriations, the grant provides, “flexible, unrestricted funds to support basic operations and a variety of mission‐related activities” that are driven by organizations' on-the-ground needs. This includes support for, “investments in real estate development and lending, including: development of multi-family rental, single-family rental, for-sale housing, pre- and post-development activities, lending to support residential mortgages, down-payment assistance, and commercial small business lending.” 

St. Mary’s Development Corp is a non-profit housing developer for affordable senior housing in Dayton which has helped develop 4,500 apartment units in their 30 years in operation. Congressman Turner has long been an advocate for providing access to affordable housing for Dayton’s veterans. During his work with the Dayton Veterans Medical Center, he helped identify the need for additional senior low-income housing for our veterans.  

Congressman Turner supported the efforts of St. Mary Development Corporation to construct senior veteran housing on the Dayton VAMC grounds. Originally, St. Mary was awarded a $5.1 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to help finance the project. After seeing that there were conflicting rules and regulations between HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Congressman Turner successfully included language in the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act to ensure that the conflicting regulations would not stand in the way of the project.