Mary Inzana, founder and CEO of the Triad House, said that she would like to build eight efficiency apartments and eight transitional living apartments on her property, which, she said, would be considered affordable housing.
said that her
current house holds eight girls and four boys, aged 15 through 18.Most kids are victims of abuse, homelessness, have parents that are drug addicts, or did not make it into foster care.
"Kids do well when they're here," she
said."They get tutored and they get the help they need therapeutically."Inzana fondly remembers several kids who have come through her home, since it opened in 1985, who have gone on to get a college education, and some even attained graduate degrees.
"We want to make our kids totally successful," she
said."We want to give them the same opportunities that kids with families get."
The addition, she
said, would be a separate building, aimed at young adults aged 17 through 21.Each person would be required to have graduated from high school, and must be employed or attending college.
The building would hold a total of 16 young adults, who, she
said, are mostly from Mercer County.
Each young adult in her
current house is also required to participate in community service, such as Meals on Wheels, and the same would hold through for her
new home, she
said that the young adults who would be in her
home could either have aged out of foster care or been living in her Triad house
, and although they are older, they are still in need of support.
"We want them to go on to be productive members of society," Inzana
said."They need a bridge to help them over the hump they've been faced with."
But first she
needs to cross a bridge with angry neighbors trying to stop her
to get her
project approved by the zoning board.