Groundbreaking For New Benham Avenue Apartments In Elkhart

Jul 8, 2019

Groundbreaking for Benham Ave. Apts. in Elkhart on July 8, 2019.
Credit La Casa, Inc.

The apartments will go up on the north-east corner of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary campus. Eleven one-bedroom units will house people referred by Oaklawn.

The housing is under a model called ‘permanent supportive housing.’ That means that residents can live there for as long as they need to. 

Chris Kingsley is the President and CEO of Lacasa. He says the model has been successful across the country, and locally.

“It’s a strong program and something to add to it because we all know that homelessness and really just lack of housing availability continue to be problems in Elkhart County,” Kingsley says. 

This is the fourth housing space created by the partnership between Lacasa and Oaklawn. Residents will have access to care through Oaklawn as they live in the apartment.

As residents transition into employment, they will pay a percentage of their wages to rent. The housing and rent subsidies are paid for by state funding.

The apartments are expected to be completed next May.