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Former Duemling Clinic Building

Fort Wayne housing to aid adults aging out of foster care

Statement as issued by SCAN Inc. for release at 10 a.m. Monday:

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA (Sept. 10, 2012) – The Courtyard of Fort Wayne, a 36-unit, supportive housing apartment complex for young adults aging out of foster care, will be built at 2828 Fairfield Ave., on the site of the former Duemling Clinic Building. This is a collaborative project of SAFY (Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, Biggs Property Management and SCAN, Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect). The Courtyard of Fort Wayne is the first such housing project in the state targeting 18- to 25-year-olds who have been in foster care or residential care due to child abuse or neglect or who are from troubled homes and in need of supportive services. The 2.4-acre site will have 55 parking spaces, and some apartments will accommodate those residents who are parenting. Among the services and amenities that will be offered:

•On-site resident manager

•Counseling and case management

•Job/life skills training

•Assistance to access GED/high school diploma and postsecondary education

•Parenting education

•Computer labs

•Commercial teaching kitchen

•Meeting/activity rooms

•Resident gardens

•Picnic area

•Close proximity to community resources such as GED classes, workforce development programs, clinics, schools, churches and other social service agencies.

Collective data show foster youths have higher rates for unemployment, poor educational outcomes, early parenthood, more health issues and higher rates of incarceration and homelessness compared to their peers who do not grow up in the foster care system. Nearly 230 youths, ages 18-21, will age out of foster care this year in Allen County alone.

The project has been awarded Rental Housing Tax Credits from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority Residential (IHCDA) as well as CDBG-D funds from IHCDA and Neighborhood Stabilization

Program-3 funds from the City of Fort Wayne. Additional funding is pending from Federal Home Loan Bank and from local foundations. Project leaders have received overwhelming support from neighborhoods in the area and from the community in general. The Courtyard of Fort Wayne has been specifically designed to blend with the architectural style of the neighborhood and to project a homey feel.

SAFY will manage all supportive services for The Courtyard of Fort Wayne, involving a broad spectrum of local social service providers. A collaboration of local companies is spearheading the many facets of project development: SCAN is the developer of the project; Biggs Property Management is the developer's assistant and will be the property manager; Ideal Suburban Homes is the general contractor; and Dodd Kattman of Morrison Kattman Menze Inc. is the architect. The Courtyard of Fort Wayne will be owned by a limited partnership. SCAN, or an entity owned by SCAN, will be the general partner of the limited partnership.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry praised the project, saying, "This is the kind of effort the City is thrilled to take part in. It includes not just City dollars and support but support from a wide range of partners, nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and private investors. It will provide much-needed services and housing for some of our most vulnerable youth. An area that has been abandoned for 20 years will soon be filled with energy and the vibrant activity of youth working to build successful lives."

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