Affordable housing with comprehensive mental health and social services

Park Place Behavioral Health Services hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Tuesday for Dillingham Apartments, which will provide safe, affordable, permanent supportive housing for people with a diagnosed behavioral disorder or substance abuse problem.

“Promoting affordable housing is a top priority for both me and the Board of County Commissioners. Park Place has always been a great partner and continually looks for ways to help the community,” said Grieb. “I have always felt that this property was underutilized, so these apartments are the result of an idea I submitted to the Park Place Board several years ago. They were open to continuing this project and formed a successful team to secure the available funding. I am pleased that these apartments will serve a vulnerable segment of our population, the chronically homeless who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues.”

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Dillingham Apartments was dedicated to James Allen Shanks in honor of his more than fifty years of service to those in need and his continued efforts to make Dillingham a reality. Sadly, Mr. Shanks Jim Shanks, who was CEO of Park Place Behavioral Health Care in Kissimmee for over 20 years, passed away on August 18, 2024 at the age of 87.

Dillingham has 30 apartments for adults with a psychiatric diagnosis who are looking for an independent life. Two units are reserved for people with incomes at or below 22 percent of the median income (AMI); Six units for those with incomes of 30 or less and 33 percent AMI; and twenty-two for those with incomes of 60 percent or less of AMI. As part of the total 30 affordable units, 6 units are reserved for adults with serious mental illness emerging from homelessness.

Dillingham, built in partnership between Park Place and Birdsong Housing Partners, received financial support from the Florida Housing Financing Corporation, the National Housing Trust Fund, the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Kissimmee.

Dillingham Apartments is a 3-story garden-style apartment community located at 501 N. Dillingham Ave, across from Toho Water Authority on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kissimmee.

Osceola The province contributed $1.8 million from the budget Osceola County HOME program funds to assist with construction, and Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb has released $160,000 to help with operating costs. Additional financing for the project included approximately $5.31 million from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation through a State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) and SAIL Extremely Low Income Loan financing, $400,000 from the City of Kissimmee HOME Program Funds and $1, 1 million from the National Housing Trust Fund. .

The result of Park Place and community leaders’ efforts brings affordable housing for people with special needs to an area with existing mental health and medical services as Dillingham residents transition to independent living.

Dillingham includes office spaces for on-site case managers and community space for group activities. Bike racks, wide sidewalks and access to public transportation will give residents the flexibility to get to appointments, activities and more as they become increasingly independent.

“I am thrilled that we are ready to cut the ribbon on Dillingham Apartments. Finding a way to provide affordable housing to the individuals we serve was the dream of James Allen Shanks, the former CEO of Park Place Behavioral Health Care, who passed away in August,” said Garrett Griffin, CEO of Park Place Behavioral Health Care.

“I believe, like Mr. Shanks, that Dillingham will improve the quality of life for the people who live there, as they often struggle to find a permanent place to call home,” said Griffin.

“Birdsong Housing Partners is proud to be part of the team for Dillingham Apartments,” said Steve Auger, CEO of Birdsong. “We are grateful to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the local government here in Kissimmee Osceola Province for their financial support and commitment to the project. Dillingham brings much-needed affordable housing to the area and people with mental illness.”

Architectonics served as architects, KPMFranklin served as engineers, Birdsong Housing Partners served as co-developer and construction manager. TPI will handle property management and Ability Housing will provide expert support to Park Place and its management company, and to those who will call Dillingham home.

For eligibility and leasing information, individuals are encouraged to contact TPI Management at (407) 908-7050 or [email protected].