2126 West Lake Shore Drive, Wilmington
Good Shepherd, in partnership with Lakeside Partners of Wilmington, Inc., is committed to providing the important combination of affordable housing and supportive services that make it possible for even our most fragile neighbors to move from homelessness to housing stability.
Lakeside Partners of Wilmington, Inc. is a 501(c)3 subsidiary of Good Shepherd Center, the largest provider of homeless services in the Cape Fear region. SECU Lakeside Reserve is a $5 million affordable housing project conceived more than a decade ago. Situated on 4 acres of land behind Legion Stadium at Greenfield Lake, the project provides permanent, affordable housing with supportive services to chronically homeless single adults with disabilities (physical, mental health, or a combination). No more than 30% of residents’ income is charged for rent, allowing them to afford other necessities such as food, medication, transportation, and insurance. It also allows this fragile population to remain housed with dignity and respect.
This property, formerly the site of the Adrian B. Rhodes Armed Forces Reserve Center, was closed by the federal government in 2006 and mandated to be used for homeless services. In 2008 Lakeside Partners was awarded the project and the property was deeded from the City to Lakeside.
In addition to the 40 one-bedroom units there are common areas for group activities and on-site case management and supportive services (transportation, counseling, etc.) provided by Good Shepherd Center staff.
Lakeside Partners of Wilmington is currently fundraising to furnish the Phase 2 portion of SECU Lakeside Reserve. Your tax-deductible gift provides a SOLUTION to homelessness in our community with lasting, measurable results.
SECU Lakeside Reserve Facts
40 Units of permanent supportive housing (16 units in Phase One, 24 units in Phase Two) for homeless adults, including seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities;
On-site case management and supportive services (transportation, counseling, life skills training, etc.) provided by Good Shepherd staff;
660 square foot, one-bedroom units with 9′ ceiling, full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom, with shared laundry, TV room, and community room, including access to computers and a full kitchen.
Why Permanent Supportive Housing?
Research has shown that permanent supportive housing:
Is an innovative and proven Best Practice solution to some of a community’s toughest problems. It combines affordable housing with services that help people who face the most complex challenges (including the chronically homeless, frail elderly, disabled and others) to live with stability, autonomy, and dignity;
Improves housing stability, employment, and mental and physical health. People in supportive housing live more stable and productive lives;
Costs essentially the same amount as keeping people homeless and stuck in the revolving door of high-cost crisis care and emergency housing;
Is affordable (rent = 30% of one’s income);
Helps build strong, healthy communities by improving the safety of neighborhoods, beautifying city blocks with new or rehabilitated properties, and increasing or stabilizing property values over time;
Has proven effective nationwide in ending homelessness for the most fragile of our neighbors in crisis.