City of Phoenix to build apartments for grandparents raising grandkids

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The City of Phoenix will soon offer an affordable housing option for senior care givers who are raising their grandchildren.

City officials say construction of a new 56-unit apartment complex is scheduled to begin in August.

The apartments will be located at 1640 E. Roeser Road, current site of The Roeser Apartments, which will be demolished.

The Grandfamilies Place Apartments will offer an on-site social services coordinator to help caregivers find and obtain the resources needed to raise their grandchildren.

Two three-story buildings will house 44 two-bedroom units and 12 three-bedroom units.

“This development will bring new life to the area and recycle an aging property that had become a neighborhood focus of crime and blight. I am pleased that this property that has long served low-income residents will continue to serve Phoenix families with unique needs through Grandfamilies Place,” said District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson in a news release. “Its future legacy will be providing safe, affordable housing and services to grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $11,470,270. State, city and private funds will pay for the development.