Lifeline Family Center Breaks Ground for One-of-a-Kind Affordable Housing for Women With Children
By: Lifeline Family Center
More than 75 people attended the ground-breaking, including State Rep. Dane Eagle, Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello, Cape Coral Council members Jennifer Nelson and Marilyn Stout along with representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.
The new facility will be built adjacent to Lifeline Family Center at 907 S.E. 5th Ave. in Cape Coral and is the first affordable rental housing offered by Lifeline Family Center.
"This is the next step in helping our moms and their children toward independence,"
Lifeline Family Center provides a home on its campus for young women in crisis pregnancies for up to two years. During that time, they learn skills to become self-supporting through education, job training, parenting classes, professional counseling and spiritual guidance.
It is the only residential program in Lee County for homeless young women in crisis pregnancies who are not part of the foster care program.
With the escalating cost of rental housing, Lifeline Family Center officials saw a severe need for affordable housing for graduates of their Phase I program and began a fund-raising campaign that now has topped $400,000.00. An additional $236,000.00 is needed to complete the project debt free.
The new housing will provide four two-bedroom apartments for their graduates so that they can continue to grow in their career path and utilize the on-campus day care facility while they work. "Rents"
Within the two-year housing agreement, each mom will be encouraged to cultivate a relationship with Habitat for Humanity, a collaboration that will develop into home ownership for her family.
"This is how we can break the cycle of welfare and government dependency. A successful, financially stable woman raising her family in a safe and loving environment creates a thriving community," Miller said.
Since the non-profit organization was founded by Miller in 1996, 178 women and 117 babies have found a home at Lifeline Family Center. For more information, visit http://lifelinefamilycenter.org
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