LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A contract was approved at the Lafayette Board of Works meeting on Tuesday to start a new program in the Romney Meadows Apartment Complex.
The funding for Head Start comes from a Community Development Block Grant.
The project includes renovations on a building that's already on the property.
Head Start is a high-quality pre-school program for low-income families and children.
Bauer Family Resources will administer the programs in the school.
Eventually, other social services like Food Finders Food Bank will use the building.
Executive Director of Lafayette Housing Authority, Michelle Reynolds says the city has worked hard to give the neighborhood a better reputation.
"An example of how the city is working with, whether it's Bauer or the new owner at the old Claystone, now Romney Meadows, in trying to, you know, make it more safe and make it a place where people want to live," said Reynolds.
And putting services in the heart of the complex can only benefit kids who live there.
"I think given what was going on at that time and seeing Romney Meadows, really, the big push from the owner, that's why the Mayor was very committed," said Reynolds.
Reynolds says Mayor Tony Roswarski meets with the owner of Romney Meadows often to discuss progress in the neighborhood.
She says many developments have come to the complex, including a playground.
News 18 also talked with Lafayette Housing Authority Project Manager Patrick Ringwald about the timeline.
He didn't know an exact date but says they hope to start construction as soon as possible.