New multimillion-dollar facility to help pregnant, parenting teens in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Millions of dollars are being set aside for a new facility that will provide safe housing for pregnant and parenting teens in Lancaster County.

CEDARS says $1 million is coming from the State of Nebraska alone, while the county is adding another $250,000.

According to the nonprofit, there are currently no other specialized programs for this population in Lincoln.

The new facility will be built on CEDARS’ campus near 63rd Street and Pioneers Boulevard.

Officials expect that they’ll be able to help up to 24 teens every year.

CEDARS says current estimates suggest that more than 350 youth experience homelessness each day in the Lincoln area.  Nearly 100 are pregnant or have young children.

“Investing in new parents and their children by offering housing and life skills training will pay dividends for their families and our community for generations yet to come,” Lancaster County Commissioner Sean Flowerday said.

State Sen. Anna Wishart is also sharing her support, saying, “This is just the start of the investments that we should be making in supporting foster youth in our state.”

In addition to these grants, CEDARS has nearly $1 million in private funds.  But it still needs to raise another $800,000 to complete the project.

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