The Future Is In Our Hands

Ozarks Regional YMCA- The Ozarks Regional YMCA board of Managers approved a memorandum of understanding and consulting agreement with Housing Plus, LLC and Creason Development. Although this is a long-term project with many hurdles to cross, this MOU sets forth the mutual agreement to investigate this opportunity further.

The proposal is to repurpose the G. Pearson Ward YMCA and to incorporate approximately 40 units of quality energy efficient affordable housing together with preserving space for existing Y programming.

This amazing project will provide a number of benefits to our Y and our community. For our Y facility, this includes a complete rehabilitation with new construction, new mechanical/electrical and plumbing fixtures and infrastructure, along with new roof and windows. In addition the project will tackle our long term debt, increase efficiencies, and provide a much improved resource for our community.

The project will address the need of affordable housing through support services with 40 units with a mix of market rate units and affordable housing units and a special needs population to address the need of youth aging out of foster care. This “mixed use” model is proving successful not only in our own community, but nationwide as well.

The application for the tax credits if approved by the board will be submitted in August. Then, if the YMCA is awarded the tax credits in January the credits will fund refurbishments of nearly 30,000 square feet of space for programs related to healthy living, youth development and strengthening families.

The Ozarks Regional YMCA has served the community for more than 128 years and has more than 20,000 members in the association and hopes to engage more people in the communities it serves whether it is as a member, volunteer, supporter or advocate. To learn more about our program, family centers, and how you can get involved, visit, or join us on Facebook “Ozarks Regional YMCA”. The Ozarks Regional YMCA consists of eight family centers including, The Ozark Mountain Branch in Hollister, Bolivar/Dallas County, Monett/Cassville, Lebanon Family YMCA, two facilities in Springfield, Resident Camp Wakonda and School Age Services.

To learn more, contact the Ozarks Regional YMCA at 417.862.7456 or visit our web page.

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