Fort Wayne nonprofits get ready for expansions

Two nonprofits in Fort Wayne are expanding to help as many families as they can. Cass Housing helping those dealing with disabilities, and Paul's Place: Support for Families helping those who have a loved one in the hospital.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 11:17 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - For people living life with a disability, until CASS Housing, there was nowhere for them to go to try and live on their own.

"We are providing customized housing and support solutions for intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our primary focus right now is our independent living model," Executive Director David Buuck explained.

CASS Housing built one house. Another is in construction and on Tuesday, they received $200,000 to build two more homes.

Both of them will face Constance Ave along with a community garden and a playground.

"It took about 1,200 days between when CASS housing was started to our first home. About 440 days for the start of house one and the start of house two. We're hoping to be between five and six months to have 150 days between the start of houses three and four," Buuck said.

On the other side of town, Paul's Place: Support for Families has two temporary apartments for families who want to be in close proximity of loved ones in the hospital.

Typically these kind of programs are geared toward relatives of pediatric patients, but Paul's Place is helping families of adult patients.

"We have provided over 600 nights of comfort for our families since we started in March of 2017. Unfortunately, we've had to turn away 730 families for nights of comfort because we don't have the capacity at this point," Amy Torrez, Founder of Paul’s Place: Support for Families said.

However, they just purchased land this summer to build a three bedroom home for families. each bedroom will have a small kitchenette, a small living room area and another door to a bedroom and an in suite bathroom.

"We are waiting for the approval of our special use application which is going to be next Thursday on the 20th. Once that happens we'll get funding and build," Torrez said.

Both CASS Housing and Paul's Place are looking to start construction before the end of this year.

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