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50 Units of Supportive Housing Approved for Development in Midtown Kansas City

25% of units set aside for young adults diagnosed with HIV or AIDS

SAVE, Inc., a leader in providing comprehensive housing solutions to socially and medically disadvantaged people, along with the Vecino Group, a supportive housing developer, together, have been given the green light to develop a 50-unit affordable, permanent-supportive housing community in Midtown Kansas City at 31st and Harrison Street, one block off the Troost Corridor. Alhaven will be a single, four-story building with 50 housing units; 12 studio apartments, 27, one-bedroom apartments and 11, two-bedroom apartments each complete with a kitchen, washer, and dryer. 25% of these units will be set aside for young adults, ages 18-25 that have a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS.

 

To date, there are no supportive housing solutions in the greater Kansas City area serving young adults with HIV/AIDS. While many people think homelessness resonates the same way regardless of age, youth or "street youth" homelessness is distinctly different from adult homelessness. The causes and consequences are diverse and so is how interventions are acknowledged and implemented.

 

“We are very excited to be able to provide 50 new units of affordable housing to our Midtown Kansas City campus and more importantly, to the youth in our community. This project will help to continue our 32-year history of serving the City's most vulnerable citizens through stable housing and supportive services. Alhaven is a perfect complement to our existing facilities and programs. We're grateful to be working with the Vecino Group to make our dream a reality," said CEO of Save, Inc. Blaine Proctor. Onsite medical services will be provided in collaboration with community partners.

 

Youth aging out of foster care and youth without a permanent place to call home is the fastest rising homeless population. In addition, young adults living in homelessness are more likely to contract HIV through unsafe sex and needle sharing. They often combat homelessness by practicing “survival” methods just to have a couch to sleep on or to provide “rent” in order to stay in an abandoned building. This population is seeing an increase in the HIV diagnosis and are more than likely to fall out of treatment once diagnosed proposing a risk to others.

 

According to a study conducted by the University of Chicago during 2016-2017, one in ten youth between the ages of 18 and 25 experienced homelessness within the previous year. With the development of Alhaven and the partnership between Save Inc. and the Vecino Group, they will be able to combine affordable housing and onsite medical services and will set a standard for best practice methods of addressing this pivotal issue.

 

About SAVE, Inc.

SAVE, Inc. was founded in 1986 by courageous volunteers who recognized the dire need to provide AIDS victims who had lost their homes, a place to die with dignity. With few resources and a firm belief in the need to help others, these volunteers established SAVE Home in midtown Kansas City, the first AIDS-specific hospice in the state of Missouri. What began 30 years ago as a mere 8-bedroom hospice, SAVE Inc. has since expanded its campus to include seven residential buildings making up 66 units, and to providing housing and housing solutions to over 900 households every month in 15 counties on both sides of the state line. Because of these efforts, SAVE Inc. has become the largest processor of tenant-based rental assistance vouchers in Missouri. SAVE Inc. has expanded its mission to include people with a dual diagnosis of homelessness, poverty, serious and persistent mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit www.saveinckc.org.

 

About The Vecino Group

The Vecino Group, LLC is a company focused on development for the greater good. Each project the company undertakes must address a broader community need, set an example, give back to the community, and inspire the professionals working on it with a greater sense of purpose. Based in Missouri, the Vecino Group is currently working in 11 States, and has completed more than 1,500,000 square feet of development.

25% of housing will be set aside for homeless youth ages 18-25

SAVE, Inc., a leader in providing comprehensive housing solutions to socially and medically disadvantaged people, along with the Vecino Group, a supportive housing developer, together, have been given the green light to develop a 50-unit affordable, permanent-supportive housing community in Midtown Kansas City

There are no supportive housing solutions in the greater Kansas City area serving young adults with HIV/AIDS

Many people think homelessness resonates the same way regardless of age, youth or "street youth" homelessness is distinctly different from adult homelessness. The causes and consequences are diverse and so is how interventions are acknowledged and implemented.