Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson celebrates topping-off ceremony for The Anchorage Apartments
Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson joined Carlisle Development and residents of Liberty City on August 16, 2012 to celebrate the topping-off of The Anchorage Apartments, 2320 N.W. 62 St., Miami, a new housing development destined for teenagers who age out of the foster care system. Vice Chairwoman Edmonson sought to build this type of housing because of the many foster care teenagers coming to her office seeking help finding a place to live. After turning 18, teenagers are no longer under the care of the foster care system and their foster care families can no longer care for them.
"I took this issue to the County Commission and proposed building an apartment building to house these teenagers using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds because I could not abide by the thought that these children would be left homeless," Vice Chairwoman Edmonson said. "Once approved, I sought the cooperation of Carlisle Development which agreed to build the facility at no monetary profit. This is another example of a public-private partnership which succeeds in bringing much needed housing to District 3."
Youth aging out of foster care, or transitioning out of the formal foster care system, is one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in our nation. As our young people age out of the foster care system at age 18, they are expected to become self-sufficient immediately, even though on average youth in the United States is not expected to reach self-sufficiency until age 26. Nearly half of foster kids in the U.S. become homeless when they turn 18.
"One of every 10 foster children stays in foster care longer than seven years, and each year about 15,000 reach the age of majority and leave foster care without a permanent family-many to join the ranks of the homeless or to commit crimes and be imprisoned," Vice Chairwoman Edmonson said. "I hope that The Anchorage is the first of many such projects and serves as an example of how we can combat homelessness in our teenage population, providing these young people a safe and sound home from which to begin their new life as independent adults."
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson is joined by Carlisle Development construction workers at the topping off party for The Anchorage Apartments.
Photo Credits: Armando Rodriguez/ Miami-County photographer