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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A new apartment complex will keep at least 40 people off Lafayette streets, but its location is the current home to another organization helping people in need.
The 40-unit Union Street Apartments will house the formerly homeless.
Before it can be built, Trinity Life Ministries will have to be demolished. Now the organization is looking for a new home.
"We like to put good quality second-hand goods in the hands of people, in a lot of cases, who maybe can't afford to shop at the mall or other anchor stores," said Director of Development Joe Radzikowski.
The Trinity Life Ministries Thrift Store funds 25 percent of its programs for men struggling with addiction.
Now, the organization is relocating.
Radzikowski said it hasn't been an easy process.
"Retail is space is limited in the Lafayette area," he said. "It's a wonderful community and space is in high demand. So we're looking at a couple of locations. We've considered building. We just have to have to make some really sound business decisions and are certainly looking for input from the community."
The move is to make way for 40 one bedroom apartments.
The units will house formerly homeless individuals and will provide long-term supportive services to maintain housing.
"It takes a long time for them to end their homelessness, said Lafayette Transitional Housing Center Executive Director Jennifer
Layton. "They can't just go out and get a job. They can't pull themselves up by the bootstraps. They really need some support and some help and that's this type of housing."
In the meantime, Trinity is rebranding in anticipation of its new location.
"It's exciting and we look to secure a new location to increase the square footage as well as our revenues," said Radzikowski.
The goal is to find a location near the current space at 13th and Union Streets.
"We're looking at a couple of locations currently and negotiating and then we anticipate a few other retail spaces to be available in the next three to six months," he added. "So, we are certain we will find a place and hopeful that will take place sooner than later."
Construction on the new apartments should start this fall and take about 12 months to finish.
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