Native American Connections (NAC) last month hosted the grand opening of its new Cedar Crossing & Patina Wellness Center at 337 E. Virginia Ave.

This unique community helps residents obtain housing stability and overall wellness by co-locating two core services of behavioral health and affordable housing with 74 affordable residential units and a behavioral health center. The health center offers substance-abuse treatment and other supportive services for residents who were homeless or are at risk of homelessness.

During the development phase, graduate-level architecture students from Arizona State University worked with NAC and local architects. The team created a space that blends Native American traditions and customs with a practice energy-efficient design.

Cedar Crossing was financed largely with low-income housing tax credit equity from National Equity Fund, an affiliate organization of Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC).

In addition, Cedar Crossing & Patina Wellness Center last month was named the 2016 Exemplary Project of the Year by LISC Phoenix.


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