Prior Crossing Rendering courtesy Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
On Thursday, October 23, Minnesota Housing announced a record $162 million in funding to create and preserve 4,000 affordable housing units across the state. Among the projects funded is Prior Crossing, a 44-unit housing development designed to house homeless youth in Ramsey County.
Prior Crossing is a partnership between Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and House of Hope Presbyterian Church
. Minnesota Housing awarded $5 million towards the project’s construction, which will be completed in the next 18-24 months. When complete, Prior Crossing’s 44 units will represent the largest permanent supportive housing development for homeless youth in the East Metro. The Wilder Foundation will provide comprehensive on-site support services, with a focus on culture, leadership and asset building for youth.
Wilder Research estimates that on any given night there are 4,000 unaccompanied homeless youth throughout the state of Minnesota. “Projects like Prior Crossing address a critical need in our community,” says Bobbi Cordano, Vice President of Programs for the Wilder Foundation. “We are thrilled to engage youth as part of the solution and to contribute to our community’s long-term stability in this way.”