A groundbreaking ceremony will be held September 21 for Prior Crossing, a 44-unit supportive housing development for homeless youth. When completed, Prior Crossing will be the largest permanent supportive housing development for homeless youth in the East Metro.
Wilder Research's 2012 Statewide Homeless Study counted more than 1,000 homeless youth age 18-21 throughout the state. Homeless youth are some of the least visible and most vulnerable people in our community. They frequently have histories of abuse and/or neglect, and are at great risk for exploitation or other forms of trauma.They also have unique needs: They are still finishing school, seeking a career path and developing their independence.
Wilder will provide on-site services at Prior Crossing, connecting with the youth to heal from the trauma of homelessness, build a positive community environment, set and achieve personal and educational goals and find and keep jobs. Prior Crossing is not transitional housing or shelter; its 44 studio apartments are leased to homeless youth with no time limit.
Prior Crossing is the result of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative’s work with The House of Hope Presbyterian Church and other local congregations and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The congregation donated $500,000 in initial funding to leverage further private and public capital and operating funds. Other notable private funders are the Archibald Bush Legacy Grant and the Hardenbergh Foundation.
Visit Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative's website for more information about Prior Crossing and the groundbreaking ceremony on September 21.