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Published April 01, 2012, 09:58 PM

Fraser in Fargo receives grant for low income housing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fraser in Fargo is getting a grant for low income housing, strictly for that population. The first such facility in the state.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fraser in Fargo is getting a grant for low income housing, strictly for that population. The first such facility in the state.

Christopher Johnson/Fraser Dir. of Community Services - The balls rolling very very quickly.

It is a startling trend. Up to 700 young adults with no place to go in the metro, any given year.

Christopher: "It's very very difficult to get a snapshot of what it looks like but based on the data that we've collected, it's a pretty significant problem.

Christopher Johnson works at Fraser. He sees the dire need for housing and applied for a renewable, yearly federal grant.

Now, the non-profit has 123 thousand dollars to start a first of its kind building.

Christopher: "So this is kind of the next natural step of progression to address the homeless youth issue."

Saundra Leyland/Fraser Ex. Dir. : "It's kind of an unmet need across the state."

The housing will go here on South University Drive. It's a facility Fraser already owns that once housed unwed mothers. By September, people, ages 18 to 26, will move into then remodeled apartments.

Saundra: "Through this project, we'll be able to show, not only what the need is in the Fargo area, but I would guess we'll be able to look down the road and into the future of the rest of the state."

There will be 20 units. 16 for individuals. 4 for families. Young adults will pay rent, 25 percent of their gross income.

Christopher: "This is permanent supportive housing so these are tenants. These are folks, young folks who will be signing leases."

Most of the money will go to operational costs, staffing, and supportive services.

A worker will be at the facility 24 hours a day.

And it's not just intervention, but prevention. Employees will help the homeless get education and jobs, all along their journey to independence.

Christopher: "Housing is really the answer to homelessness."

Fraser will launch a capital campaign within weeks. It wants to raise 5 point 5 million dollars for that facility and other services.

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