The site is a former motel dating to the 1950s

Jeanine Kleimo, co-chair of the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, announced Saturday her group has bought the Islamic Society of Central Delaware’s former Islamic Center in Felton and plans to convert it into housing for homeless men.

The property was purchased from ISOCDE for $425,000, which includes renovations and work to convert the property into housing for 20 men. Renovations will begin shortly and the group hopes to open by the end of December, Kleimo said.

Dover Interfaith will manage the property, which will have a resident manager on the property, she said. Residents, who will be required to have a steady income, will come from the group’s shelter for men; all have received personal financial management training to help them handle their money, Kleimo added.

Financing for the project has been provided by NCALL and the ISOCDE, and there are no grants or subsidies involved, she said.

UandI Builders of Camden are in charge of the renovations.