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Meridian HealthCare Partners with Two Agencies in Support of a New Facility for the Homeless

Meridian HealthCare, COMPASS Family & Community Services, and Help Network of Northeast Ohio conducted a ribbon-cutting and open house on July 31, 2017 for invited guests and elected officials to showcase a $7 million+ permanent supportive housing project for homeless individuals located on Madison Avenue in Youngstown.

The Commons at Madison, a two-story apartment complex with 40 one-bedroom permanent supportive units, is now open to residents. This partnership of three premier mental health, substance abuse, housing, and social service providers allows for a unique opportunity for low-income individuals coping with mental illness, addiction disorder or co-occurring disorders to receive permanent supportive housing.

“It’s a great day for the City of Youngstown and Mahoning County as we open this incredible apartment complex that will provide affordable housing and support for those members of our community that have a mental illness and/or addiction,” said Joe Caruso, President and Chief Executive Officer of COMPASS Family & Community Services. “Meridian HealthCare, COMPASS Family & Community Services and Help Network of Northeast Ohio are proud to provide this opportunity for individuals to have permanent supportive housing and live with dignity and respect.”

Larry Moliterno, president and CEO of Meridian HealthCare, thanked the project collaborators and said he was proud that “there will be 40 people with a safe place to live.”

“The need for permanent supportive housing in Mahoning County is immense,” added Duane Piccirilli, Executive Director of the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board. “This facility will offer independent living in a supportive environment with access to services just a few short steps from residents’ front door. The Commons at Madison is an example of the Mental Health and Recovery Board’s Strategic Action Plan to provide affordable, quality housing for our consumers.”


This project would not have been possible without the strong support of a host of organizations, agencies and foundations, including:

  • Huntington Bank
  • Home Savings
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health
  • Community Foundation of Mahoning Valley
    • Kennedy Family Fund
    • John S. and Doris M. Andrews Memorial Fund
  • Youngstown Foundation
  • J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation
  • Pearl and Frank Gelbman Charitable Foundation
  • John D. Finnegan Foundation
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
  • Ohio Development Services Agency
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board

More information about the Commons at Madison is available by calling 330-318-3871.