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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s the first of its kind in Maryland — an apartment complex for homeless young people.

Mary Bubala reports the official grand opening was held Wednesday and it marks more than shelter; it’s a new way forward.

State and city officials gathered inside a former elementary school. It’s now called “Restoration Gardens.”

It’s a 33,000 square foot facility in Park Heights for homeless and at risk young people.

Luther Thompson, 22, just moved in after becoming homeless at age 18 when foster care in Indiana ended. He moved to Maryland and was going from friend to friend and relative to relative, but now has a place to call his own.

“It’s a blessing for me because my family lineage shows nothing but struggle, but now I don’t have to do that anymore,” said Thompson.

Restoration Gardens has 43 efficiency units. It’s permanent housing for young people ages 18 to 24.

“I think it’s a blessing to be able to help people, those who are in need. It’s a wonderful building to live in, it’s a great apartment, the community is very welcoming. Friendly people who live here are very loving and caring,” said Tabesa Brinkley, Resident Assistant.

Supportive services are also offered to tenants, including life skill and financial counseling.

Those who are given a chance are giving back.

“My leadership role is to reach back to those still going through homelessness and pull them up and pull them out and show them that there is hope,” said Thompson.

Nonprofit developers — Empire Homes of Maryland and Homes for America — took an idea and made it a reality.  City and state funding was also used.

For more information on the project, click here.

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