The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Housing Division and Youth Services Department opened the doors to the new Young Adult Transitional Apartments and Community Housing Centers on February 19.
The grand-opening event kicked off with posting of the colors by the Salt River High School JROTC, followed by the invocation from Housing Division Manager Lorna Ray and a greeting by Housing Division Director Lamoni Yazzie.
Guest speaker Little Fawn Loring, SRPMIC Housing Division board chair, recalled fond memories of her childhood. She remembered when the location of the new structures was desert and cotton fields, which she would walk past as she made her way to the canal to swim. Loring also spoke about change and how the Community has grown, and expressed her happiness for what the youth have today and that they are able to come back home to their Community.
Other guest speakers included SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier and Youth Services Director Denise Fitchie, who expressed her gratitude for the partnership between the Housing Division and Youth Services Department for working together on this project.
The eight young adult transitional apartments are for youth ages 18 to 23 who are transitioning out of a foster home or group home into independent living. Each has two bedrooms and two bathrooms to house up to two young adults. The apartments are equipped with basic furniture, a washer and dryer, a living room, a full kitchen, a two-car carport, a storage area and a patio.
The apartments will help youth learn how to manage on their own and become self-sufficient adults. The two roommates living in each apartment will split the monthly rent.
“This place is something special for the children who are currently in group homes in and outside of the Community,” said Harvier during his opening remarks. “It will give them a chance to come back home to their Community.”
The Community Housing Centers will be open to families who live in Canalside homes, Dobson Heights and Evergreen homes. The centers can be reserved by residents to be used for birthday parties, baby showers, meetings or other gatherings.
These projects would not have been possible without the help of SRPMIC departments such as Engineering and Construction Services, the Housing Division, Youth Services and Community Development, as well as the project contractor, Summit Builders Express Division.
For information about applying for the Young Adult Transitional Apartments, call the Youth Services Department at (480) 362-6390. To reserve one of the Community Housing Centers for an event, call the Housing Division at (480) 362-5720. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a refundable cleaning deposit for each event.