SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Y Gardens, a new Life 360 apartment building houses low-income families and young adults transitioning out of foster care.
The building has 41 units, and last month it hit capacity.
The Y Gardens is at the corner of National and Chestnut.
From living somewhere that’s affordable to getting out of a bad situation, three residents say they’re settling in just fine.
Skyler Barr, Living at The Y Gardens: “It’s fun,” Skyler Barr who lives at The Y Gardens said. “Living by OTC is nice. All the programs are nice. The staff are nice. So, happy.”
This is 20-year-old Barr’s first time living on his own.
“It’s been easy, somewhat, now,” Barr said. “It was hard for the first two weeks because I didn’t have a job, so.”
Justin Kuntzelman moved into The Y Gardens with his 5 and 13-year-old kids last November.
“I had a house couple miles away for a long time, and it was too small,” Kuntzelman said. “I ended up with my kids full-time. Needed some more room so we just kind of picked up and found a place that offered that for us.”
A two-bedroom apartment like his costs anywhere from 515 to 725 dollars a month.
“Living here allows me to be able to do more things for my kids that I wouldn’t necessarily have been able to do before,” Kuntzelman said. “Seeing your kids smile and happy, it makes life a whole lot worth living.”
Chyla McCully is two months into living there with her 5 and 7-year-old daughters.
“My kids and I were living in a hotel for about three months,” McCully said. “This is the only place that would accept us with our Section 8 Voucher.”
Which offers rental assistance to low-income families.
“I’m really thankful that my kids and I finally have our own home,” McCully said. “My kids finally have their own room and their own beds. They have the freedom to run around in a place that’s bigger than a hotel room, and we have a kitchen. Oh my gosh, a kitchen.”
The Y Gardens is working on adding an outdoor space to the building.
It also plans to rent a parking lot and some lights.
And depending on finances, it also wants to build a playground.