Transitioning to adulthood and independent living can be daunting for anyone, but it’s especially difficult when you lack the resources and social connections needed to move ahead.
Building Stability Requires Opportunity And Exposure
That’s the reality for the young people in our community who are working to overcome poverty, homelessness or time in the foster care system. The Crossroads Campus Affordable Housing Program for young adults opened in 2016 as a pilot, model program above our social enterprise pet store in Germantown. It consists of a 4-bedroom unit, with shared kitchen and living accommodations.
Residents referred to the program receive intensive weekly individual case management. Our residents are required to pay rent, both as a means of helping to sustain the program and as part of preparing them for independent living.
Residents are referred to us by partnering agencies, including Monroe Harding, Oasis Center, YouthCAN, and the Martha O’Bryan Center.
A unique feature of our program is that we do not impose a time limit on the length of stay. Our experience has been that some of our young people only require a few months with us, while others may need to stay for up to several years, depending upon their individual circumstances.
Residents are required to comply with program rules and to work toward specific education, career and future housing goals as outlined in individualized program plans. These goals are managed through individual weekly meetings.
In addition, residents benefit from supplemental group meetings and training activities to encourage community building, financial literacy, healthy nutrition and other positive daily living skills. Paid job-training is available through our Crossroads Pets program, although some residents work in jobs off site.
Our program model has proven to be innovative and successful, and we have now acquired a second site for affordable housing.
Located in an inner urban neighborhood in North Nashville, right off Buchanan Street, our new building will be home to an additional 25 bedrooms, including studio and three-bedroom apartment units.
Our new site will also provide additional social enterprise job training to expand our capacity within the community.