Vincent Village opens new home for local homeless family

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.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 8:38 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 8:38 AM

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a homeless family in fort wayne now has a place to call their own thanks to a program through the city and vincent village. fox 55's abby jackson was at the unveiling of their new home. )a growing family that's been down on their luck can now come home to this newly built house on lillie street. it's all a part of a project between vincent village and the city of fort wayne and it's changing lives of the homeless. )from one room to a three bedroom home. denise andorfer with vincent village says it's 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." ) that family did not want to be identified, but leila roach lives at another house 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." )the family who is moving in does work, but fell into homelessness like many other families in the city. roach says while fort wayne does have a low cost of living, we also have a high eviction rate. "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." )kelly lundberg with the office of housing and neighborhood services says the money for homes like this comes from the u-s department of housing and urban development. she says renovating and building low income homes in dilapidated neighborhoods like lillie street 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." )vincent village will continue to help families in need through their transition program throughout the year. we'll have more on it on air and online at wfft dot com. in fort wayne abby jackson fox 55 news.
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