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    New apartments built in Goshen for homeless individuals

    Residents are moving into a newly constructed apartment complex on Westplains Drive in Goshen.

    Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.

    GOSHEN — LaCasa Inc. is filling a newly built apartment complex on the northwest side of Goshen as part of a program that provides homeless individuals with safe, affordable places to live

    Sixteen apartments were constructed on Westplains Drive are part of LaCasa’s Permanent Supportive Housing program. Half of the apartments have been rented.

    “Housing is a key building block for individuals to become integrated into the community,” Alan Greaser, LaCasa vice president of asset management, said in a news release.

    The apartment complex completes the third phase of a partnership with Oaklawn Psychiatric Center that has added 34 apartments for people who had been previously homeless in Elkhart County, according to Greaser.

    “LaCasa is grateful for the community support and the opportunity to dramatically reduce the incidents of homelessness and make this resource available in our community,” Greaser added.

    The apartments feature Energy Star appliances, energy efficient windows, extra insulation, geothermal mechanicals and landscaping that requires little irrigation. Construction waste was recycled during the building of the apartments. DJ Construction received National Green Building Standard certification through the National Association of Home Builders for the project, according to a news release.

    The apartments are the result of a partnership among LaCasa, Oaklawn, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, NeighborWorks America, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and DJ Construction.

    Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.

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