LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—The Union Place Apartments is a part of the Lafayette Transitional Housing Center's effort to ending homelessness.
"It's been seven years of planning and working and blood, sweat and tears quite frankly,” said Executive Director Jennifer Layton.
The apartment building will offer 40, 586sqft one bedroom units.
"They're not only furnished with furniture,” said Layton. “But they are really furnished with love. We’ve had volunteers throughout the community that have pitched in and donated items."
Tenants moving in also don't have to worry about utility bills. Although if they're receiving some form of income a month they'll pay a portion of their rent.
"These folks have all been chronically homeless in our community for many years and when they move in we really want to make their house a home,” said Layton.
Timothy Manus is one of those tenants. He was homeless for a year, living in a tent. Now he has a much better space to call home.
"It's probably going to help me maintain a job a lot better,” said Manus. “Instead of being out wondering how I was going to make it back and forth. Instead of moving the tent around from place to place I'm in one location."
Manus said this will impact so many lives.
"I think everybody's going to be happy I just hope to have the same gratitude that I do to be thankful for what we got, take care of it, make it work,” said Manus.
Volunteers from the Lafayette Rotary Club said this speaks volumes that a community can band together in order to help make someone else's life better.
"I hope they feel dignified and they are worthy of this and I hope they feel that from us,” said a volunteer from the Lafayette Rotary Club.
Union Place Apartments will also have an engagement center that will provide 24 hour response to those experiencing homelessness.
Services like crisis managment, medical services and employment services just to name a few.
LTHC said they appreciate all of the help and donations they recieved from various churches, rotary club and individuals.