ST PETERSBURG, Fla.--The Diocese of St. Petersburg pledged on Monday to create new affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents throughout the Tampa Bay area.

  • Announcement comes on diocese's 50th anniversary
  • Plan to establish 8-10 new locations over next 3 years
  • No site locations established yet

Bishop Gregory Parks said the initiative is part of a "mutually shared vision" to move the church forward.  It was announced this week on the Diocese's 50th anniversary.

"We’ve committed to establishing over the next three years eight to ten new locations of affordable housing for those who need a little bit of help, but also for our veterans and those who suffer disabilities," said Parks. 

Site locations haven't been established yet. The facilities will house families, while individuals will be managed by Catholic Charities. 

Parks says the Diocese is also planning to expand the youth ministry and build a new Catholic school during the same time period.