Advancing their mission to improve the lives of Native American individuals and families, Native American Connections is building a new affordable housing community on Central Avenue.
Native American Connections will name the new building after CEO, Diana Yazzie Devine, as a way to honor her for her commitment to the organization and the native community for over 30 years. The development will be called Devine Legacy on Central. Plans for the community have an urban feel with a mix of unit types designed as flats and townhomes on the lower levels and 2-story live-work lofts above. The entry to the community is on the East side of the central courtyard area and the four story opening faces the rising Eastern sun. Construction will begin this spring on the 65 unit rental development.
This community marks Native American Connections' 8th affordable housing property in Central Phoenix, which totals over 350 units of housing opportunities for working families. "We are very excited about this new affordable housing community because of its outstanding location on Central and its proximity to a light rail stop", stated CEO Diana Yazzie Devine. In addition to this benefit, residents will live next door to the Native American Community Service Center, which is home to 8 non-profit organizations, including Native American Connections. Services in the building range from medical and dental to behavioral health, workforce development and home care. "What a wonderful benefit it will be to residents to live right next door to this one-stop shop of wellness services".
Rents for Native American Connections' affordable housing communities are generally set $200 below market rents, which makes housing much more attainable, particularly in this economy. Another benefit for residents is the planned community space, over 1500 square feet that will include a shaded courtyard, a computer room and a business center, bringing important resources directly to residents. Completion of the new development is projected in the spring of 2011.