In partnership with Youth and Shelter Services, YSS, HDG & Kiernan Development are proposing a 42 apartment complex on or near the Des Moines Area Community College’s Urban Campus at 9th street and University Avenue in Des Moines. While these apartments are not restricted for Foster Kids exclusively, YSS will conduct services for any foster care adult residing at the apartment. In Iowa, any person in foster care or was a foster care recipient, is eligible for LIHTC residency.
The state of Iowa has one of the largest scholarship program in the country for any foster care kid who wants to attend college however; studies have shown that foster care kids have a 70% dropout rate in the first semester. This horrible statistic led HDG and YSS to collaborate on how to strengthen their existing program of counseling and providing services to these kids who age out of foster care and are homeless. Those kids who are eligible for their program can live in the LIHTC housing while YSS provides specific services to prevent the high drop-out rate of kids attending DMACC or another college. YSS will be the General Partner and HDG & Kiernan Development will develop the property and help manage the facility.