Reporting Pat Sweeting
DETROIT (WWJ) – A new project is providing housing for young people in need.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting reports that, because of this $5.1 project, young families like that of 24-year-old Keisha Johnson will have a place to call home.
Johnson, a mother of three, dropped out of college when she became pregnant. She’s been moving from place to place, sometimes sleeping in her car for the
past two years.
Late last month Johnson finally found home at the new Oakman Place Apartments.
What did it feel like that first night?
“Oh my God, me an my children … I cried. They don’t know. They were sleeping. But I cried because I was like oh my God, this is not real … my own bed,” said Johnson. “I’ve never had my own bed.”
Fourteen of the building’s 24 fully furnished units will be set aside for families while the remaining 10 will provide housing for teens who have aged out of the foster care system.
The development is a project of Focus: Hope, in partnership with Lutheran Child and Family Services and United Way.