Birch Tree Apartment Complex rehabilitation project

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Southern New Hampshire University
The Birch Tree Project is the rehabilitation of a 56 unit apartment complex that will house low-to moderate-income families and offer supportive services. The services include a Head Start facility, Life Skills classes, Case Management, Asset Building and Credit Repair, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a Community Garden, and a Summer Feeding site. The City of Farmington has experienced a growth in the number of service industry jobs that often pay minimum wage. Nearly 45% of the Farmington population works in the service industry. This has resulted in families paying a disproportionate amount of their income for housing cost leaving them very limited income to pay for their basic needs. This project is designed to create safe affordable housing opportunities for marginalized families. The families will gain the knowledge needed to increase their financial status, have the skills necessary to find better employment, have increased opportunities to safe and affordable childcare, and increase their knowledge of services that will increase their yearly income. (Author Abstract)