LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Construction for the Lafayette Transitional Housing Union Place Apartments is finishing up.
As we've reported this new facility will include housing as well as services to help tenants find employment.
This project took seven years of planning and millions of dollars to make it to a point of almost being completed.
“The last couple years we have been working on the funding,” said LTHC Executive Director Jennifer Layton. “This is really a $14.3 million project from start to finish.”
The Union Place Apartment offers 40, one bedroom units. Like LTHC's other housing facilities at Lincoln Center and the 8th Street Commons, these new apartments are also a permanent place of living.
“We continue to see the need for additional programming and housing for extremely low-income people and so we do have people that are experiencing homelessness that they just don’t qualify for any other types of housing and so that’s why this will meet a critical need,” said Layton.
Layton recently ran a report that showed more than 150 people in Greater Lafayette currently qualify for housing at the Union Place.
“People that are eligible to live in these units are folks that are not only experiencing homelessness but people that actually have some pretty substantial barriers to their housing stability,” said Layton. “Whether it’s a chronic health challenge, maybe a mental illness, substance use disorder whatever that looks like for them, this is for people that need some support and a place to live in order to get better,” said Layton.
Tenants will pay rent according to their income. The case managers at the Union Place Apartment will be actively helping unemployed tenants find work. Layton said this new project is about moving people forward, not keeping them where they are.
“Our tagline is solutions beyond shelter we're not just here to manage homelessness anymore, we're here to provide solutions to end it for people,” said Layton. “They can get some stable housing, get their stable life back, connect to the health care they need and just be better.”
The new apartment is projected to open during labor day weekend. They plan to fully furnish each apartment. Click here to donate.