ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester City Council is set to discuss funding for the Jeremiah Program, a project aiming to bring affordable housing to Rochester, on Monday May 21.
This after the Coalition for Rohester Area Housing recommended $320,000 for the Jeremiah Program on Friday. The Coalition is made up of the Rochester Area Foundation, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and Mayo Clinic.
10% of Olmsted County lives in poverty, almost 20% of those living in poverty are single mothers. The funding will help the project of 40 apartments which would mostly help single mothers in the area, like Fabiola Villareal.
Fabiola is a single mother of three living in a trailer in Rochester.
"I have two jobs, work in the mornings 8 to 4 then from 4:15 to 9 or 10, I work at KFC," she said. "My first job is to pay the bills the second is to buy kids what they need."
She works seven days a week, and is 'on call' when she does have a day off. Fabiola said she hopes this affordable housing helps other mothers in tough financial situations like herself.
"Now it feels like you're knocking on door and theyr'e opening it. Its not like they're okay, were not going to help you, go do it yourself. It feels like they're hearing the shout outs that single moms are here," she said.
The apartment complex is planning to be built on donated acres near 19th St. NW and Valleyhigh Dr. NW.