Millions approved for local program helping adults with disabilities

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VENICE, FL - The Loveland Center for adults with developmental delays getting a huge gift this holiday season.

The state's Housing Finance Corporation awarding $4.775 million towards a new project on their Venice campus. The not for profit wants to build a 90 room village where those with disabilities can live on campus. It's expect this generation of those with disabilities will be the first to outlive their parents.

Those working to raise the rest of the millions needed like Jim Woods say it's a worthy cause for the users and for tax payers because if something isn't done everybody loses. "They will become wards of the state and they will be placed in a home somewhere away from family and friends. It was done in my family and didn't work out well at all."

State Senator Nancy Detert helped push the money towards the project. She says the facility will offer a better quality of life while ultimately saving tax payers money. "Rather then to provide government housing for them which is expensive and not a good quality of life this vision the Loveland Center has come up with is so much better."

It's believed tax payers would save more a million dollars a year by reducing Medicad Waiver transportation alone.

The organization still needs another $3 million to raise by March in order to break ground.

We will have much more on this story coming up tonight on ABC 7.

You can find out more about the Loveland Center by clicking here.