From Affordable Housing Finance:
Youths aging out of foster care have a new place to live in Vancouver, Wash.
The recently completed Caples Terrace serves young adults 18 to 24 years who might not otherwise have a place to live. It’s the first project by the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) to target this unique population.
“Even those who are in extended foster care and receive a stipend of about $800 a month cannot afford housing at a market rent,” says Hilaree Prepula, community and social services manager at VHA. “Caples Terrace is a great opportunity.”
The goal of the new development goes beyond providing housing. VHA leaders also hope it will give youths who often face a difficult time when they leave foster care the support needed to become independent and successful.
The 28-unit community is a public housing development, so residents are able to take part in VHA’s Family SelfSufficiency program. In addition, it’s strategically located across the street from the Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center, with Bridgeview and Janus Youth providing services and case management for residents.
Read Affordable Housing Finance's article "Development Serves Youths Leaving Foster Care in Vancouver, Wash.," featuring the Vancouver Housing Authority.