TAMPA, Florida – New Life Village will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:00 am to mark the start of construction on 16 new townhomes in Palm River. These affordable townhomes will serve low-income families raising at-risk sibling groups who have been impacted by trauma and the foster care system. This construction is the first phase of expansion of the Village’s 12 acre campus, already home to 100 residents.
The 3- and 4-bedroom townhomes will be home to kinship, adoptive, and foster families committed to bringing children to permanency. By providing safe, affordable housing and wrap around onsite programming and services within a trauma-aware community, New Life Village will support the stabilization, healing, and flourishing of 16 families. Onsite programming will provide these families and children access to therapy, financial literacy, homeownership, wellness, and resilience activities and services.
This project was made possible by the generous and ongoing support of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and Affordable Housing Services; an appropriation from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, because of the advocacy of Rep. Jackie Toledo, Sen. Danny Burgess and the advocacy efforts of Cesar Hernandez’s Omni Public; and the contributions of several donors including the Kimmins Terrier Foundation and private local Family Foundations.
Because larger sibling groups within the foster care system tend to be especially vulnerable to separation and instability, this targeted housing will fill a crucial role in supporting their long-term well-being. New Life Village will welcome over 70 residents into the new units in the Summer of 2022 following the completion of construction.
New Life Village (NLV) was founded in 2012 and is located in Tampa, an area that is heavily impacted by both affordable housing and foster care crises. NLV is an intergenerational community designed to support families raising kinship, adopted, and foster-to-permanency children who have survived abuse, neglect, and trauma, offering them program-rich, below-market housing and onsite wrap-around services. NLV offers mission-based affordable housing as an incentive to the caregivers and seniors caring for these children. Senior citizens living in the Village serve as surrogate grandparents, tutors, and mentors.
New Life Village, located in Palm River, is an intergenerational mission focused affordable housing community, is home to families preventing or removing children from foster care as well senior citizens who serve as surrogate grandparents to them. The Village also offers an onsite therapeutic program for these children, their caregivers and the seniors.