Tri-County Services

Independence Place Now Open

 

Tri-County Services, along with the Montgomery Supported Housing, Inc., is pleased to announce the opening a new multi-family housing facility called “Independence Place.” Independence Place is a 14-unit apartment complex for low-income citizens with mental disabilities. Independence Place is located at 2510 Lone Star Parkway in Montgomery.

A special grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration was held on June 13. Attendees included member of the Board of Trustees of Tri-County Services, members of the Montgomery Supported Housing, Inc., The Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce as well as elected officials of Montgomery County and the City of Montgomery and other special dignitaries.

Independence Place was funded by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goal of Independence Place is to provide safe, affordable and stable housing in a neighborhood setting for residents with serious mental illnesses and unable to afford conventional housing.

Independence Place can hold up to 30 persons in the complex and the total development covers 87,269 square feet. Residence of Independence Place will be individuals 18 years and older, who can live independently but need assistance because of a mental illness. The future residents of Independence Place will have a medically diagnosed condition and will have qualified as disabled under federal guidelines. These residents will also have 30 percent of median annual income, determined “very low income” by HUD or approximately $1,000 per month. Safe, affordable and stable housing is very difficult for these individuals and consistently ranks as one of the top needs for low-income persons with disabilities.

Tri-County Services would like to recognize the members of the Montgomery Supported Housing, Inc. (MSHI) Board. MSHI was formed in January 2008 with the goal of overseeing the construction and management of the apartments as required by HUD. Since that time, the MSHI board has been active in planning and engaging architects, as well as “green builders” and many others. Tri-County Services also owes a great deal of gratitude to Montgomery County and the City of Montgomery. Were it not for their generous donation of resources, the Independence Place facility would not be possible.