Developing Community Ownership

The Coalition continually seeks to increase public awareness by actively networking with community based groups and professional organizations such as the Northern Panhandle Home Consortium, East Wheeling Business Council, West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness and the West Virginia Association of Homeless Services Contractors. When the situation permits, the Coalition seeks the active participation of the community in its activities and programs.

In recent years the rehabilitation of the Coalition’s service facility and the Hearthside Apartments reflected an investment in the East Wheeling community of more than $500,000. Apprentices of local labor unions provided 6616 hours of service over a 30-month period. This donation of manpower contributed more than $129,680 toward our effort to implement transitional housing in the Northern Panhandle. Participants include Carpenters Local #3; Painters Local #91; IBEW Local #141; and Sheet Metal Workers #33.

The benefits of such collaborations are quite direct. The Coalition receives quality craftsmanship at a lower overall construction cost, and the labor unions have an opportunity to offer their apprentices on-the-job training to meet educational requirements.