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Construction begins on facility for young adults with autism

A local nonprofit organization held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to celebrate beginning of construction of a new town-home facility. Development Homes' new Grand Forks facility, called Columbia Place, will provide low-income housing for young...

A local nonprofit organization held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to celebrate beginning of construction of a new town-home facility.

Development Homes' new Grand Forks facility, called Columbia Place, will provide low-income housing for young adults with autism disorders who are transitioning into adult life. The facility will be a complex of six one-bedroom units to serve five individuals and one unit for support staff.

The project is the result of a local task force which identified a gap in services for young adults with autism spectrum disorders and similar behavioral or intellectual conditions who are transitioning from the school system to adult life.

Columbia Place, at 3880 S. Columbia Road, is being funded through a HUD Section 811 grant, and Development Homes hopes to open the facility in June 2010.

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