Youth leaving foster care benefit from new housing development in St. Louis, MO June 1, 2016

Youth aging out of foster care and survivors of domestic violence will receive life-changing support when two new low-income housing tax credit developments begin construction this summer. Intrada and Talia Apartments, both developed by the Vecino Group, will be the first supportive housing in Missouri to serve these populations.

Intrada, in St. Louis, MO, will be a 56-unit affordable housing development with units set aside for youth aging out of foster care. Through a partnership with Epworth Children and Family Services, Intrada will provide young adults with on-site case management, supportive services, and rents lower than $200 a month. The supportive housing concept seeks to eliminate the obstacles faced by youth exiting the foster care system.

Talia Apartments, in Springfield, MO, is a joint development between the Family Violence Shelter and the Vecino Group. In response to growing domestic violence rates and an absence of permanent supportive housing for people leaving violent relationships, Talia offers a 46-unit solution. An integrated concept, Talia will serve both domestic violence survivors as well as low-income families.

Special needs residents at Talia will receive comprehensive case management through a full-time, on-site social worker provided by Harmony House. Women suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues may receive vouchers through the state for rental assistance. All residents will benefit from enhanced security measures and design, family play areas, on-site gym, and outdoor amenities.

IFF has provided the Vecino Group with loans totaling $575,000 to assist with preconstruction activities. Construction on both projects is expected to be complete in August 2017.

The Vecino Group, which focuses on innovative affordable, supportive, and market rate housing, has used LIHTCs to develop over 130 units of affordable housing in St. Louis and Springfield, with other projects in New York, Texas, and Utah.

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