After years of work, on May 25, 2021, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (Beacon) announced they began construction on affordable housing for families in Plymouth. Cranberry Ridge will add 45 new apartment homes with on-site support services.
“Interfaith Outreach is honored to be the onsite service provider. This partnership allows Interfaith to expand its Permanent Supportive Housing program and establish its tenth Neighborhood Program,” stated Kevin Ward, Executive Director of Interfaith Outreach.
The Cranberry Ridge development features 45 apartments for families who earn less than $52,000 a year for a family of four. Twelve of the homes will be for families who make less than $31,000 a year for a family of four. Underground parking, a fitness center, community lounge, and youth and adult program space will be among the amenities offered at the building, located at 18220 Highway 55 in Plymouth.
“Affordable homes like Cranberry Ridge are an essential investment in the strength and stability of families and our communities,” remarked Lee Blons, CEO / President of Beacon. “Plymouth is a great community for children to grow strong foundations for the bright futures they deserve, and we are grateful for the City and community partners who are helping ensure affordable housing is an option for suburban families.”
The Interfaith Outreach’s Neighborhood Program is a key program supporting local youth and their families. Located onsite at housing communities, staff, volunteers, and resident families work side by side to build relationships, make connections and create opportunities. The relationships formed inspire learning, identify personal and community strengths and needs, and creatively foster leadership within the community. The work involves cross-sector systems – education, employment, local government, social services, property management, and mental health – to explore opportunities and address needs identified by residents. Currently, 862 families are able to access the local resources offered through the Neighborhood Program right in their Medina and Plymouth apartment and townhome communities.
Ken Dayton, Chair of Outreach Development Corporation (ODC), a funding partner of the development, states “We and Interfaith Outreach celebrate Cranberry Ridge and the cross-sector partnerships that made it possible. Cranberry Ridge is a terrific housing option for families and kids of our community and a prime example of the power of public/private investment in quality affordable housing with services that provide opportunities for residents to build safe and strong futures.”
Interfaith Outreach is deeply grateful to all community members who raised their voices in support of this important development. In particular, Interfaith partners, Outreach Development Corporation, and Wayzata Community Church and many others contributed funds to help make this development come to life.
Construction on the building is complete and residents are now moving in. Visit Beacon’s website.