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A Place To Live For Low Income Families & Haven For Hope Grads

The Terraces at Haven for Hope on San Marcos St. have 140 apartment units and was originally designed to be a place for haven graduates to obtain affordable housing. 

"What we find in our work is that people come through the transformational campus, they’re ready to take the next step -- which is really housing -- but there really isn’t a lot of housing present in the community," said Mark Carmona,  interim CEO of Haven for Hope. "That was always kind of the vision: How can we being to create this?"

The $16 million complex featuring one- to three-bedroom apartments are not limited to Haven grads, but are available for anyone with low income. Rent is based on a sliding scale and acceptance is based on annual income; the maximum for someone living alone is $21,000 annually, $30,000 for a family of four.

Haven graduate Beaux Gilliam is the first person to move-in. He gave a tour of his studio apartment.

"It’s a nice little 600 sq. ft. apartment that allows me a sense of independence, a sense of community, so I can bring other people in and enjoy a meal, enjoy some bible study, and just time together to share and open-up," Gilliam said.

Before Gilliam got to Haven he was living on the streets and sleeping in front a church. Now he works in marketing at the IMAX.   The Terraces at Haven for Hope are owned by the Haven and managed by the NRP Group. 

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules