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New apartment development breaks ground for low-income families

A new, first-of-its kind apartment complex found its way into Lafayette.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2018 11:39 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2018 12:08 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A new, first-of-its kind apartment complex found its way into Lafayette.

H38 East Apartments is a new housing development with an emphasis on breaking barriers, including poverty.

"This is a huge day for our community," said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.

The community broke ground on 32 family-style units. It's intended to break generational poverty.

"It's housing with a STEM center inside the building," said an Executive Director with Agency IV Housing Elva James. "It's housing with a tech center. It's housing with connection to other partners."

It's housing that is overflowing with opportunity. The project was a collaboration between the state of Indiana, local businesses and not-for-profit groups. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said he welcomes this addition.

"This is the type of developments that we need that actually give people new opportunity, create them and to have good paying jobs, support their family and move to self sufficiency," said Roswarski.

The apartment complex is solar powered with community gardens and a teaching kitchen. It's more than just a place to live.

"Housing is an important pillar of getting people stabilized," said Roswarski.

"Housing in itself is not enough," said James. "There has to be steps beyond that, beyond housing, to be able to get out of poverty and stay out of poverty."

The steps are that each family have include a family development specialist who will help create goals and plans for the long term. Each head of household will set education, finance and career goals. Connections have also been made between Ivy Tech, Purdue and YMCA. Overall each family will all have the same end goal.

"Some day we hope that they'll move out of these apartments into their own homes and then the next group of people that need that hand, need that structure to move in."

In the meanwhile, families will have to fill out an application, go through a screening process and talk about their commitments. The development wants families who are motivated and ready for the work force.

"It should bring qualified people to good positions where they can live a quality life and be able to support themselves and their families."

Families will be able to move in once the development is finished in the next 12 to 13 months.

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