Mary Ellen’s Place
Affordable Housing for Women Veterans
Situated in North Central Phoenix, close to the bus transit and light rail.
From the Revolutionary War to the present, women have made vital contributions to our nation through embracing citizenship’s highest responsibility –Military Service-.
In Memory of Mary Ellen Piotrowski
Mary Ellen’s Place is named in memory and honor of Mary Ellen Piotrowski a US Navy Women Veteran serving our Nation from 1950 to 1952. Mary Ellen worked diligently through her dual membership in the American Legion and Auxiliary since 1953 along with years of community service to bring recognition, appreciation and equal entitlements for our military women past, present and future. She also was a dedicated friend, mentor and advocate for all our Nations veterans.
An Affordable Solution for Women Veterans
Mary Ellen’s Place assists in addressing the housing need and provide the common thread of social interaction while creating a culture to meet the unique needs of our women veterans. It provides a comfortable, supportive and safe home for our women veterans with no limit on age or tenancy and assist in preventing homelessness through affordable rent. It offers a safe environment for women veterans who need to decompress and slowly reintegrate back into the family and social atmosphere they once cherished.
There are 15 affordable furnished studio apartments, managers office with two computer stations for tenants along with a community living room, library, kitchen and laundry room. The back yard features a covered patio with plenty of space for a vegetable garden, flower beds, BBQ and outdoor group activities. There is Wireless Internet, Cable Television and a library packed full of books.
The property originally consisted of four suites of doctor’s offices. CHP purchased the property with a forgivable loan through the City of Phoenix’s CDBG Program. As an adaptive reuse project, we have spent the last three years transforming the office building into studio apartments for use as affordable housing for women veterans.
Made Possible By
Grants from the Stardust Foundation and Arizona State Housing Department Trust Fund thru the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services have assisted with the major renovation elements of the property. With the financial and in-kind support of Veteran and Community Organizations, Arizona Department of Veterans Services’, Corporations, Non-Profits and individuals we have been able to fully furnish the common areas, apartments and provide a comfortable back yard. Our many volunteers have and continue to participate in fundraising, interior/exterior design, cleaning, painting, landscaping, flooring installation and handyperson work.
Tenants will be found through, but not limited to, statewide women veteran network and referrals from Phoenix VA Medical Center Women’s Program, Homeless and VA OEF/OIF Programs, Phoenix VA Regional Office, VA Vet Centers, Veteran Benefit Counselors, Veteran and Community Organizations and Individuals.
We are working on a similar project of two bedroom apartment homes for Veteran Women and Children – called Sallie’s Place. If you wish to donate, call Veterans First or use our Contact Page to get in touch.