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Gateway-Longview Breaks Ground on Monroe Place

Buffalo Rising

5/14/2009

Gateway-Longview and the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center have broken ground on an east side apartment building.  The 12-unit, two bedroom apartment complex will be located on Monroe Street near Broadway and Jefferson Avenue.  The facility will provide a home for teens and young adults who have aged out of foster care and have been placed in Gateway-Longview's Supervised Independent Living Program.


A few years ago, Gateway-Longview's Program Quality Assessment department identified a need to bolster life skills support for youth, teens and young adults placed in the agency's Supervised Independent Living Programs.  As a result, Gateway-Longview approached the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center with the idea of partnering together to build a therapeutic, community-based facility to support youth and teens in need of residential care. Together, the organizations' leaders and young clients identified Monroe Place as the site where they could live, work and learn the skills necessary to become productive members of society.


"We're bringing together the strength of Matt Urban's construction and community development and our strength of working with the foster care system," James M. Sampson, Gateway-Longview President & CEO, said of the collaboration.


The project is being funded through a $3.1 million dollar state grant provided by the Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation.   George Lukaszewicz Architects, P.C. designed the complex that is being built by Savarino Construction.  The facility is expected to open early next year.

Deputy Mayor Donna Brown, Common Council President David Franczyk and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples were amongst the officials on hand to break ground on the project yesterday.

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