Community Collaboration Provides Permanent Housing Solution
What do you get when you combine a local business with a vacant property, a community congregation with a heart for mission and a social service organization
committed to providing affordable housing options for families in need? The answer is an amazing collaborative effort with Univest Corporation, Indian Creek Church
of the Brethren and Keystone Opportunity Center focused on renovating a three bedroom apartment to be managed by Keystone as a “permanent housing” unit.
The property, located in Souderton, is owned by Univest Corp., whose support of Keystone’s mission has a long history. Discussions between Keystone and
Univest culminated with a creative solution for both organizations. A long-term lease of the facility by Keystone provided an additional housing unit for
the nonprofit organization to pilot the new “housing first” model of moving homeless families directly from shelter into permanent housing. The lease freed
Univest Corp. from the responsibilities of managing the property while partnering in a project which fit their “local” community focus
The mission of Keystone Opportunity Center is to help community members in need by offering a comprehensive array of social services that educate, encourage and empower them to become self sufficient.