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The New Hope Center of Paris will soon be moving into their new home at 4th and Sherman Street, formerly the Department of Human Services building. Also moving to this new location will be the Paris/Lamar County Health Department, leasing a large portion of the facility from the New Hope Center.
This process to obtain the building for both organizations started in September, but has taken some time to complete.
The Health Department is funded equally by Lamar County and the City of Paris, however, there were problems initially with the purchasing of the building for the Health Department.
The RAM Foundation — a main source of funding for the New Hope women’s shelter — decided to step in and purchase the building.
RAM Foundation representative and New Hope Center board member, Andy Fasken, said that the RAM Foundation would take on the position of funding the purchase of the building entirely, allowing them to lease a portion of the space to the Health Department.
The building was officially purchased on Tuesday, October 30. A twenty year lease with the Paris/Lamar County Health department was signed the following week.
The building will need approximately $300,000 in renovations to complete the New Hope Center, the Health Department and the rest of the building, which they will rent out publicly.
Once the New Hope Center and the Health Department move in, the unused space will be made available for businesses to rent.