On March 6th, Pathfinder Services broke ground on a $700,000 community improvement project consisting of three new supportive housing 4-plex buildings on Friday, March 6th. The new Front Porch Garden Community is located at 1451 Grant Street in Huntington and will be home for 12 individuals served by Pathfinder Community Supports.
Each home will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and provides a separate front porch entrance and studio bedroom area for each of four individuals. Staff support will be provided as needed. The new homes are made possible through a grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Program through 1st Source Bank, a member bank of FHLBI. Additional funding is provided by NeighborWorks America and United Way of Huntington.
Each tenant will have a separate suite that includes a bedroom area, small living area, and fully accessible private bathroom. The tenants in each home will share a common living area, kitchen, laundry room, and a park-like garden setting. The homes will be a single family, one story accessible ranch style to accommodate tenants’ existing disabilities and those likely to develop as the tenants age in place. A similar supported housing community has been operating successfully since May of 2014 on Ash Street.
“We are excited to begin this community improvement project especially given the success of our Ash Street Front Porch Community,” stated John Niederman, President of Pathfinder Services. “Like the Ash Street 4-plex homes, the Grant Street homes have been designed to provide a personal living space for individuals with developmental disabilities that we serve while also giving them the choice to be a part of the supported common space to meet their needs,” continued Niederman. “These three homes are scheduled to open in late 2015 and we are delighted to continue with this innovative approach to supported housing which fosters independence, choice and inclusion while providing on-site support. We are very appreciative of the continued support from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, 1st Source Bank, NeighborWorks America, United Way and our community partners that make this unique housing opportunity a reality for those we serve.