Mayor Menino, First Lady Diane Patrick and The Home for Little Wanderers Celebrate Opening of Roxbury Village

New Program Provides Stable Housing and Support for Young Adults

See photos from the ribbon cutting

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, First Lady Diane Patrick, and community partners joined The Home for Little Wanderers today for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the child and family service agency’s new Roxbury Village program. After a year-long renovation project, Roxbury Village will provide stable housing and support for young adults aged 18-22. The young men and women who will benefit are about to be discharged from state systems of care, or have already left the system, and currently are or are at risk for being homeless.

“Preventing homelessness has been a keystone of my administration,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Roxbury Village adds important services to help some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. When The Home for Little Wanderers approached me with the idea of opening Roxbury Village near the heart of our Dudley Square revitalization project, we got onboard immediately. Through partnerships like this we can support youth coming out of foster care as they transition to adulthood and navigate the path toward independent living and self-sufficiency.”

The Home for Little Wanderers’ President and CEO Joan Wallace-Benjamin agrees. “The opening of Roxbury Village is an example of how The Home is not only providing housing for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable young people, but preparing them for meaningful and productive lives in the community,” she said. “Roxbury Village marks a new opportunity for a population of young adults who were typically far less prepared for independent living than their peers, having spent much of their lives in the foster care system, bouncing around from different homes and school systems. Nationwide, transitional aged youth are at an extremely high risk for negative outcomes including homelessness, unemployment, incarceration and substance abuse.”

“The Patrick-Murray Administration share The Home for Little Wanderer’s commitment to helping people help themselves,” said First Lady Diane Patrick. “We thank Joan Wallace-Benjamin and the staff at The Home for their leadership in helping to create a better Massachusetts for the next generation.”

The Home hopes Roxbury Village will serve as a model for other organizations to help the nearly 600 youth who age out of state care each year between the ages of 18-22. Many have never been adopted or reunited with their biological families and very few are fully ready for independent living without additional support and guidance.

In addition to stable housing, Roxbury Village offers intensive services, support and community connections to help residents build the resources and skills they need to become self-sufficient, productive adults. Located on Alpine Street in a formerly foreclosed property acquired by Developer L. Duane Jackson of Alinea Capital Partners LLC, Roxbury Village will provide three apartments for nine young people working towards independence. The program will be run by The Home for Little Wanderers, while Alinea Capital Partners will manage the building.

Alinea Capital Partners received funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development, the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and Century Bank for the acquisition and renovation of the property. The Home for Little Wanderers has raised additional funds from private sources for rent, food and furnishing expenses. Other key community partners and supporters include WCVB-TV, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture and NEWPRO. See a full list below. 

About Roxbury Village
Roxbury Village was developed to expand upon The Home for Little Wanderers’ effectiveness in addressing the issues that accompany aging out of state care, including housing and homelessness. The mission of Roxbury Village is to provide the coaching, counseling, career and educational planning that these youth never received from a family and that are essential to helping young adults transition successfully to independent living and self-sufficiency. The program also provides transitional housing for nine men and women at one time.

Roxbury Village Partner Statements

Alinea Capital Partners
“After many years of advocacy for youth, particularly those at risk of homelessness, Alinea Capital Partners is pleased and honored to collaborate with The Home for Little Wanderers on this unique residential project,” said Developer L. Duane Jackson.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture
“We are honored to be a part of this community effort to help these young men learn how to live independently while they develop individual life plans for success,” said Bernie Rubin, co-founder of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture. “Bernie & Phyl’s and Sealy support the important work that The Home for Little Wanderers does and are happy that we can do our part to make a difference.”

WCVB-TV
“WCVB-TV chose to support Roxbury Village because it will provide a unique opportunity for the community to support these young adults through life coaching, career, and education planning,” said Karen Holmes Ward, Director Public Affairs and Community Services, WCVB-TV. “Additionally, since the house is situated in the revitalized Dudley Square neighborhood, these young people will be able to take advantage of the numerous services available nearby which will help them to succeed.”

Thanks to our partners and supporters:
Alinea Capital Partners, LLC
Anderson Insulation
Bank of New York Mellon
Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture
Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Cambridge Pavers
Century Bank
Crosswinds Construction
Doe Family Foundation
EagleView Technologies
Genflex, LLC
Gould Charitable Trust
Goulston & Storrs
Heritage Wholesalers
ICYNENE, Inc.
Jane Cook Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development
Micheal Washington Architects
NEWPRO
O’LYN Roofing
Rene Mugnier Associates
WCVB-TV

 

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