PPL & YouthLink to provide housing & services for homeless youth

Downtown View, a $17 million, five-story partner development project with Project for Pride in Living & YouthLink will begin construction this week to provide 46 units of high quality housing and supportive services for youth experiencing homelessness, ages 18 – 24.

On any given night, 6,000 young people are experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. Downtown View will support this population by providing critical units of housing and collaborating with nearly 30 agencies working to end youth homelessness. By transforming the individual lives of young people experiencing homelessness, Downtown View will contribute in a significant and measurable way to reducing disparities, lowering social-service costs, and improving the workforce outlook across the Twin Cities region.

Downtown View, which will connect to YouthLink’s existing Minneapolis headquarters, will provide a unique resource to residents in three key ways: by serving older youth; by focusing services on youths’ long-term goals; and by utilizing the wealth of services offered in YouthLink’s existing Youth Opportunity Center. The development will also include a Career Pathways Center, a resident fitness area, access to mental health support, and employment/education navigation.

Designed by UrbanWorks Architecture, the unique housing project will be developed by PPL and built by Greiner Construction. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday April 18 at the new site, located at 41 N. 12th St. in downtown Minneapolis.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2017 before cold weather season begins.

Read a letter of support for Downtown View from Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

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