LaGrave on First is the city’s first Permanent Supportive Housing that utilizes the Housing First approach. The new apartment complex is located at 500 1st Avenue South, near public transit, safety infrastructure, and services. The building has supportive services on-site, a laundry room, community kitchen and dining, lounge space, and administrative offices on the first floor with 42 one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments on the second, third, and fourth floors. LaGrave on First first opened its doors in August, 2018.
LaGrave on First is permanent supportive housing for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness – meaning a person who has a disability, and has been homeless for at least one year (or four times in the last three years that combined total equals one year).
Since this property has received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, a certain number of units are set aside for lower income households. Households must earn either less than 50% or 60% of the area median income (depending on the set-aside option chosen by the property owner) to qualify for these units. Rents in these units are capped at a maximum of 30% of the set-aside area median income (adjusted for unit size). Some rental units in this property may not be subject to LIHTC and therefore have higher rents and no maximum household income requirement.
This project has received some funding from a participating jurisdiction (local or state government agency) through the HUD HOME Investments Partnerships Program (HOME). In projects with five or more HOME-assisted units, at least 20% of these units must be occupied by families earning 50% or less of area median income (AMI). All other HOME-assisted units must be occupied by families earning 80% or less of AMI, but in practice most are reserved for families earning 60% or less AMI. Maximum monthly rent is capped with a Low HOME Rent for <50% AMI units and a High HOME Rent for the remaining HOME-assisted units. Contact the property directly for the specific dollar amount of these rent caps.
LaGrave on First is managed by Grand Forks Housing Authority.