Posted by Randy Kremlacek on May 7, 2013 1:14:00 PM
Rising Oaks - A Great Cause Right in Our Backyard
One of Teledynamic's long time Bay Area clients - the Fred Finch Youth Center - is about to open the latest chapter in their on-going efforts to help the disenfranchised youth of America - Rising Oaks Youth Apartments.
At an estimated cost of $8 Million, this brand new, 30-unit apartment complex will open at 3800 Coolidge Avenue in Oakland, CA on May 16, 2013.
Rising Oaks will provide housing first, as a well-coordinated system of educational, vocational, health, recreational and social services designed to support tenants in their bid towards lifelong health, economic and social well-being. These services will be available to all eligible current and former foster youth in Alameda County.
The facilty will include:
- Studio apartments for 30 young adults just exiting foster care
- Indoor and exterior gathering places for activities
- Access to vocational, educational, and behavioral health support
- Co-located or easily accessible comprehensive health care
Rising Oaks was developed in partnership with the Alameda County Social Services Agency.
Filling a Huge Need
Over 300 young people "age out" from the Alameda County's foster care system every year. And over 85% of them having no housing in place when they leave.
The thirty studio apartments at Rising Oaks will be reserved for young adults aged 18-24 who have recently emancipated from the foster care system. Rents will be affordable to households with incomes between 0% and 20% of Area Median Income (AMI) and all residents will have access to on-site services. Eligible youth can commit to a maximum 24-month lease, while accessing available services designed to assist in the transition to an independent lifestyle.
There will be one 2-bedroom apartment for on-site managers.
About Fred Finch Youth Center
The Fred Finch Youth Center provides these services is to give youth a real stability in which to learn confidence and a permenant skill set upon exiting foster care and doing it in a safe and supportive community. The organization's stated goal is "always to support the individual and family on their journey to a healthy, satisfying, productive life in the community.
The 115 year old non-profit organization provides mental health and social services to youth and young adults coping with neglect, abuse and disabilities.
The Fred Finch Youth Center isn't just about housing. In their many California locations,services are available in several configurations including residential treatment, public school, non-public school, homes, community settings, specialized independent and congregate housing.
Donate to the Fred Finch Youth Center to keep projects like Rising Oaks going!
Many private organizations contributed to making this project a reality:
Developer: Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
SAHA provides quality, affordable homes and services that empower people and strengthen neigborhoods.
Architect: Mikiten Architecture
Mikiten Architecture is a dynamic, socially and environmentally responsible firm and are national-award-winning experts in multifamily housing and universal design.
General Contractor: Branagh, Inc.
For over 80 years, Branagh Inc. has been a family owned business providing quality construction services to the Bay Area and beyond.
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