By Matt Fossen
The town of Newfield is set to welcome 18 transitional houses for local homeless men. The houses, developed via project Second Wind Cottages, is currently on budget and ready to meet its phase one deadline of 6 complete houses by December 1.
Via contributions of Tompkins County churches, fundraising events, corporate donations, and funding hub “indie-gogo.com,” Second Wind has now garnered over $60,000 in funding and is on pace to soon meet its goal of $90,000.
Cottages are presently framed up and enclosed with electric, insulation, concrete, and plumbing work finished. The fast progress is largely thanks to donations from local businesses, citizens, college students. Project managers are quick to thank the work of 50 local volunteers who show up each Saturday to help in construction work.
Second Wind estimates that its efforts will be complete in the next two to three years, and plans to supplement the cottages with a community facility and staffed social worker. Criterions and expectations for future resident living in the houses is being worked out now by Second Wind and Community Faith Partners.
Elsewhere in Ithaca, a couple locals are being lauded for preventing a small apartment fire from becoming threatening and spreading. According to firefighters, a local Ithacan was passing Hudson Place at 2 in the afternoon on Sunday when she saw steady flames emanating from an apartment porch. The woman immediately called the fire department and subsequently went door to door trying to notify neighbors. Eventually one nearby tenet was notified, who had an extinguisher and was able to put out the fire.
Fire fighters soon arrived, verified the fire was in fact out, and investigated the premises for any additional damagers. No injuries took place, and authorities now suspect that remnants of cigar ashes along with gusty winds caused the initial flames.