The Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency (CAPSA) unveils two new homes during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Thursday. They are the first of nine planned for Independence Place, CAPSA’s transitional housing program, at 910 North 300 West, Logan. CAPSA Executive Director Jill Anderson invites everyone to attend. “Anyone interested should come down and tour the homes and see what the project is all about,” she said. The homes are built for families fleeing domestic violence who are coming out of CAPSA’s emergency shelter. Families may stay in the emergency shelter no more than 30 days. “We want to give them an opportunity to build a lifelong asset,” said Anderson, “whether that’s gaining an education or starting a small business. Something that will enable them to increase their level of self sufficiency.” Anderson said right now CAPSA has a scattered site-housing program where families can be sent out into the community and help subsidize their rent. “It’s a grant from the Department of Justice,” said Anderson, “but it doesn’t allow for confidentiality and it doesn’t allow us to provide for safety needs that they might have.” Anderson said bringing families together into Independence Place allows CAPSA to create programs similar to a homeowners association, letting them take turns in leadership roles. “They can stay in the homes for up to two years. They rent them from us, paying a portion of their income, and we help subsidize the rent through federal grants.” Anderson said the trends in usage of CAPSA’s emergency shelter are astonishing. “This year we’ve had a 25 percent increase in the number of people coming to our emergency shelter. And there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of nights they’re staying. Our shelter has been full. This is an ideal time for us to provide more transitional housing, get them out of the emergency shelter where they can really focus on moving forward into their own home.”
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