Champlain, Cumberland and Macdonough hall, once were home to Clinton Community College students, will soon have a different purpose.
“We’ve been seeing a decline in student enrolling and using our residents’ halls. About 20 students have registered so far and they house over 200,” said Ray DiPasquale, the college president.
According to DiPasquale, the facilities will open for one last semester before closing to students and reopening up to help individuals with a variety of different challenges everything from opioid addiction to mental illness and even homelessness would be able to utilize the facility to get back on their feet
It’s all thanks to Michael Carpenter the president and founder of MHAB.
“That can really move the needle and change the lives of people of who are sitting in places right now believe that it’s hopeless and that they have no opportunity,” said Carpenter.
Carpenter is partnering with law enforcement agencies, treatment facilities and other organization to create transitional housing center to help folk down on their luck land on their feet.
“There will be specific criteria that everyone that live her whether its children, veteran’s, addicts in recovery have to meet,” said Carpenter.
And Clinton County Sheriff, David Favro, sees this is a groundbreaking move that could actually make a difference.
“Were going to have a place to guide them and direct them where they don’t say, well I guess I’m going to go back to my room 27 where at 25 is prostitution and 28 is drug sales,” said Favro.