Apartments will offer housing for homeless youth, and young adults

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Work crews broke ground on a new apartment complex on 12th street in Grand Junction, which will provide some much needed housing...but this complex has a greater purpose.

The land will soon be home to the Karis Apartments, a complex being built to give housing to homeless kids.

When it’s done, the 5.5-million dollar facility will have 34 one-bedroom apartments for people who are used to living on the streets.

Officials say the majority of the people living in this new building will be 18 to 24 year olds.

"About 80 percent of our kids bounce back very quickly, they go to college, they get jobs, and do very well. But 20 percent are really at risk for long term homelessness so by getting them into these apartments, we are keeping them safe, and we'll save the community millions in services," said Executive Director of Karis Incorporated, John Mok-lamme.

The tenants will still have to pay rent, which will be 30% of their gross income.

We’re told the new facility should be completely done by June of 2020.

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