Lacasa, Inc. was selected to create affordable rental housing for youth aging out of foster care in collaboration with Bashor Children’s Home. In a new initiative launched by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) in partnership with Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), proposals were invited for development of affordable apartments with supportive services for youth ages 18 – 23 aging out of foster care. Lacasa was one of four projects statewide selected by IHCDA and DCS to pilot this housing initiative.

“Youth exiting the foster care system are vulnerable through no fault of their own, and it is our duty to provide them with a smooth transition to adulthood,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “These four housing projects,” including Lacasa’s with Bashor, “represent a significant step in that direction and will ensure foster youth are given a chance to live productive, dignified, and independent lives.”

“Through Lacasa’s 54 years of experience,” said Jeremy Stutsman, President/CEO of Lacasa, Inc., “we have seen the transformative difference that safe, quality, and affordable housing can make in people’s lives. Many people move back in with family for a variety of reasons like saving money and support, but for youth aging out of foster care this family safety net is missing. And most need a place to live immediately. Not only is there nowhere to move back to, but also no one to co-sign a new lease, help with a security deposit, or even provide their vital personal documents often needed to access employment and housing. Lacasa is pleased to partner with Bashor to provide foster youth in Elkhart County with access to safe, affordable housing alongside critical support.”

“Partnerships like this maximize our community’s ability to open doors for young adults to gain successful independence,” said Sean McCrindle, President/CEO of Bashor Children’s Home. “The connection between stable housing and services is key to young adults aging out of the foster care system in accomplishing goals for productive lives. We are thankful for Indiana making funds available and partners like Lacasa who allow us together to bring this key resource to our community.”

Lacasa plans to develop an 11-unit apartment building in Goshen, IN with the final location and building plans to be determined. Completion is expected by the end of 2025. The housing will be private, affordable rental apartments, not an emergency shelter or group/transitional housing, owned and operated by Lacasa. Bashor will refer eligible applicants and provide residents with services such as life skills, mental health counseling, job coaching, GED attainment, and other services.

McCrindle added, “This partnership allows Lacasa and Bashor to focus on what each of our agencies do best. This partnership is a great example of how we can work together to bring needed resources to our community and give these young adults skills for success.”