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New plan could combat homelessness in South Florida

Posted at 1:28 PM, Nov 15, 2018

An idea out of Washington State to combat homelessness in schools is making its way to South Florida.

Thursday marked the groundbreaking for the Third Avenue Homes program in Lake Worth.

It's a unique partnership with Adopt a Family of the Palm Beaches and Highland Elementary School.

The plan is to build 14 new apartments and a community center just two blocks from the school.

School officials will refer families in hopes of getting them a better future.

"If we can provide the families a place that they know they can call home, not for a night, not for a week, not for a month, but for years to come, we feel really strong these kids will have a better chance in school," says Matt Constantine, CEO of Adopt a Family of the Palm Beaches.

The community center will be a hub for support services, including financial literacy training, mental health services, tutoring, mentoring, and access to technology.