Vincent Village opens new home for a local homeless family

From one room to a three bedroom home. A local family that has been down on their luck can now come home to a newly built house on Lillie Street.

Posted: Feb. 14, 2019 6:04 PM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 8:47 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - From one room to a three bedroom home. A local family that has been down on their luck can now come home to a newly built house on Lillie Street.  

Denise Andorfer with Vincent Village said the program that builds or renovates houses for low-income families is a hand up for families in crisis. 

"We actually have a family from the Just Neighbors emergency shelter that will be moving in next week, so we're very excited. A married couple, two children, one on the way," Andorfer said. 

That family did not want to be identified, but Leila Roach lives in another home that was built to help get her back on her feet. 

"We came through the transitional shelter, my daughter and grandsons, and we were able to move into one of the newly built houses just like this one almost four years ago," Roach said. 

The family who is moving in does work, but they fell into homelessness like many other struggling families in Fort Wayne. 

"A family who is renting, say they lose their job. They may not find one in time to keep up their rental payments, they get evicted," Roach said. 

Kelly Lundberg with the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services said building and renovating homes in dilapidated neighborhoods like Lillie Street also increases the quality of life. 

"I firmly believe the more families you get in neighborhoods to kind of look out for each other, obviously, the more you're likely to reduce crime," she said. 

Vincent Village does plan on renovating other rentals this year for more families in need. 

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