An alarming statistic shows that nearly 50% of transitioning foster youth will be homeless within six months of leaving the foster care program. A nonprofit housing developer was looking to create new housing for these young adults as part of an affordable housing project that would also provide a social services center. The selected site had improperly abandoned oil wells and buildings that were contaminated with lead and asbestos, but there was no ability to recover costs from responsible parties.
CCLR provided technical assistance to guide the nonprofit in obtaining $1.3 million in grants from state and federal sources to properly abandon the wells, and to abate lead and asbestos from the building.
With funding in place, the nonprofit has moved successfully forward with the project and site remediation underway. When complete it will provide 45 affordable homes, nine of which are designated for transitioning foster youth, and also house the Pilipino Worker's Center.
Development of any not-for-profit use requires cobbling together funds from various sources and agencies - knowledge and timing are important in successfully obtaining appropriate funds. CCLR's assistance, contacts, and efforts helped bring this project closer to reality.