We are committed to owning, and/or managing permanently affordable, safe and well-maintained housing for those individuals aging out of the foster care program, many of who have special needs. We believe that these individuals have a right to quality affordable housing. We are committed to helping those in need without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. We strive to create a supportive service housing environment that fosters independence to help break the cycle of homelessness experienced by those individuals aging out of the foster care program. We are committed to working with tenants to provide a supportive environment with integrated human services, vocational and employment opportunities, accessible social services and tenant-led groups. We are committed to working in cooperation with the many public and private agencies to ensure quality housing and supportive services are provided for the benefits of the tenants.
It is our goal to build community and involve tenants in the operation of Fairfield Community Home.
Through these efforts, we support the dignity, independence and self-sufficiency of tenants, and respect the tenants’ rights to involvement in their supportive housing community.
A little Bit About Us
A little Bit About Us
The Courtyard (“Community”), located at 530 Home Ave, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a brand new apartment community targeted to those individuals who are between the ages of 18-25 and who are aging out of foster care, or homeless, or at the risk of becoming homeless, in the next 6 weeks. The Courtyard consists of one, two-story structure with a total of 24 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartment spacious homes. These apartment homes are available to those individuals whose income is below 60% AMI, as a basis requirement for occupancy. In addition, a 12 month lease is required on the apartments because they must be used on a non-transient basis.
As any person in society, it is vital that citizens become productive and contributive. The Courtyard is designed to demonstrate the highest level of encouragement for any Tenant who is seeking opportunity for training and education that will lead to sustainable employment. The Courtyard offers individual and group training in an environment of creativity, fun and meaningful activities that will encourage Tenants to develop a productive lifestyle of work, volunteerism and recreation.
Features & Amenities
The Courtyard Background
In order to address the extensive needs of the youth aging out of foster care, and prevent homelessness, unemployment and criminal activity among this population, The Courtyard has partnered with SCAN, Inc., a social service organization whose sole mission is to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children through family services, education, and community partnerships, Biggs TC Development., a real estate development company and Biggs Property Management, to build this development to serve the housing and supportive service needs of individuals between the ages of 18-25 and who are transitioning out of foster care, or those homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless in the next 6 weeks. These three entities make up The Courtyard’s development team.
The Courtyard Apartment community is made possible by many supportive partners. Funding for this development comes through local sources such as the City of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, as well as, federal programs such as (HOME/NSP Program), Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB), CDBG-D and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) program.
The Courtyard is a result of many good people coming together to ensure that young people are given opportunity for FREE training and support in order to become successful in life and work. The mission behind those vested in The Courtyard is to inspire tenants to live their dreams and achieve goals that will build a life of purpose, achievement and accomplishment.
Property Management & Supportive Services Team
The Courtyard’s Management & Services Team members and volunteers are trained in harm reduction and trauma informed principles so that the Property Manager is seen as the housing regulatory enforcer, and the case management and treatment staff as the empathic, helpful advocates, assisting the tenant in seeing the consequences of their behaviors and being directly available to assist in creating solutions and pathways to healthy resolutions. The team will be sensitive to the tenant’s needs while having excellent service coordination skills necessary to work with a multidisciplinary team of service providers.
The Courtyard Management & Services Team will develop and implement clear procedures and guidelines for lease enforcement that respect the fact that the housing program is intended to serve individuals who may initially have difficulty fulfilling all of the terms of tenancy. This coordination will help those with obstacles to retain and succeed in housing and in life.
Sydneka (Niki) OvertonProperty Manager
From Biggs Property Management the Property Manager will provide property management services.
Endia StephensHead of Tenant Services
The Head of Tenant Services will provide case management for tenants and work in tandem with the Overnight Wellness Liaison to coordinate supportive services and activities.
Overnight Wellness Liaisons assist in carrying out programmatic activities and trainings as scheduled for the tenants.