Construction has started on Elliot Park's St. Barnabas Apartments, which will provide efficiency apartments for homeless youth and low-income working adults.
The apartments at 920 S. 7th St. are set to open in early 2005. The nonprofit developer Central Community Housing Trust (CCHT) is spearheading the $7.2 million project.
The old St. Barnabas Hospital was founded in 1871 but has stood vacant for several decades. Allina Hospitals and Clinics donated the old building for the project.
The building will be staffed with social service providers who will help the youth find work and educational opportunities.
Developers hope to fill a gap in housing options for homeless youth. According to a CCHT fact sheet, about 1,000 youth in the Twin Cities are homeless.
However, the Twin Cities metro area has only 70 overnight shelter beds and 221 transitional housing beds serving homeless youth.
Tenants at the St. Barnabas supportive housing facility will be expected to pay rent equal to
30 percent of their monthly income. The apartments for low-income working adults will cost $500 a month.