Local youth aging out of foster care will now have housing and social service support, thanks to an innovative project called The Courtyard of Fort Wayne. The $7.2 million apartment complex will accommodate 18- to 25-year-olds entering adulthood without the support and guidance of a permanent family. The 47,000 square foot building will hold 36 one- and two- bedroom units and will be built on the site of the abandoned Duemling Clinic, 2828 Fairfield Avenue.
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is partnering with Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) to support the effort; SCAN will act as the developer and SAFY will manage the social services, including counseling and case management, job/life skills training, parenting education, and assistance to access GED/high school diploma and post-secondary education.
Funding is provided by the City of Fort Wayne, the State of Indiana, the Federal government and private foundations.