Written by Carolyn Szczepanski for Minnesota Housing Partnership
“I couldn’t breathe,” Deb Foster recalls.
It was June 2016 and ADYC’s Executive Director was on a conference call with half-a-dozen partners. For months, they had been working urgently to secure a site for an innovative urban American Indian youth permanent supportive housing project—a first-of-its-kind in the state, maybe even the nation. Just days before a critical funding application was due, they had found the perfect spot. Or so they thought.
With 48 hours to go, the owners of the properties that would make way for the new development decided they didn’t want to sell. Foster remembers that moment vividly, because the breath-taking disappointment was immediately met with undaunted optimism from Chris Wilson, Director of Real Estate Development for Project for Pride in Living (PPL).
“You know what,” he said, “it’s only halftime as far as I’m concerned. We’ll make this happen.”
To find out what happened and see photos, go to the Minnesota Housing Partnership website.