ShelterCare Quarterly Newsletter: Summer 2011

Afiya SignShelterCare’s Afiya Apartments : Affordable Housing In Springfield

“The Afiya Apartments represent a huge investment in Springfield”

ShelterCare’s new apartment building, Afiya Apartments, opened in June with a ceremony joined by officials from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), State and local leaders, and community partners.“The Afiya Apartments represent a huge investment in the city of Springfield,” said Susan Ban, Executive Director of ShelterCare, “and begins to fill a huge need for affordable housing for vulnerable members of our community.”

Completed in June, the development on Main Street in Springfield features 16 one-bedroom apartments for low-income individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Three of the units are wheelchair accessible. Residents benefit from 
supportive services, including case-management counseling, skills training and medication monitoring. Primarily funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and with substantial contributions from the state of 
Oregon and city of Springfield, the Afiya Apartments project represents a $2.5 million investment in the Springfield community and in our community’s solutions to homelessness. The project serves as the first phase of a planned urban village between Springfield’s redeveloped downtown and nearby residential areas.

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