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Working to build a better transition out of foster care

The Peris Project pairs affordable housing with education and independent living skills for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. The Peris building will offer 15 units for young adults aging out of foster care, alongside 26 affordable units preferencing career-oriented adults aged 29 and under.

The development will be located at 1930 Hennepin Avenue, a safe and vibrant location in the heart of Uptown, perfect for early career young adults.

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Peris is a holistic plan to help foster youth transition into strong, productive adulthoods

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Participants will gain job planning, physical health care, mental health care and money management skills through Connections2Independence


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With wraparound supports from The Link, Peris will interrupt predictable and preventable homelessness by providing youth aging out of foster care a safe place to call home.


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Residents will be surrounded by a supportive community full of early-career adults and close relationships with businesses and education partners.

Built in an ideal place to thrive
1930 Hennepin Avenue


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A Safe Neighborhood

Education Access

Youth Oriented

Peris will add great neighbors to a great neighborhood

1930 Hennepin Avenue will be a professionally managed building with a vibrant mix of both youth transitioning out of foster care and other career-oriented young adults.

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15 units for youth aging out of foster care

15 units will preference 18-21 year old renters already participating in the Peris Program through Connections2Independence.  Through the Extended Foster Care program at Hennepin County, these young adults receive a living stipend through their 21st birthday by meeting  employment and secondary education requirements. 

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26 units for other young, career- oriented adults

The remaining 26 units will preference early-career young adults aged 29 and under with a goal of forming a supportive, vibrant residential community.

Where have we been and how will we get there?

We've made great progress already, and continue working hard to make Peris a reality for the many youth that need it.

Spring-Winter 2018
Second year of public funding applications
Feb 2018
Applied to Hennepin County Affordable Housing Fund
Fall 2017
Received initial funding: City of Mpls Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Summer 2017
Submitted first Minneapolis Affordable Housing Trust Fund application
Submitted first MN Housing application
Spring 2017
Secured 1930 Hennepin property
Submitted first Hennepin County Affordable Housing Trust Fund application
Began partnership with Common Bond for property management services
Began awareness campaign and outreach efforts to neighborhood.
Winter 2017
Began partnership with Graves Hospitality and The Landon Group as developers
Fall 2016
Began Peris program design and collaboration framework 
Summer 2016
Began formal collaboration with The Link and C2i.
Began real estate search.
Graves Foundation commits to ten years of services funding (~$3-3.5 million)
Summer 2015- Winter 2016
Conducted service provider and foster youth focus groups
Nov 2015
Commissioned nationwide scan of best practice models for youth aging out of foster care.
Oct 2014
John and Denise Graves Foundation launches.