Brighton Center to hold ribbon cutting for Opportunity House

Haley Parnell
Haley Parnell
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Opportunity House, a program aiming to help college students experiencing homelessness, is opening on the Northern Kentucky University campus.

Brighton Center, NKU, and the City of Highland Heights will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3530 Alexandria Pike to celebrate the opening of Opportunity House on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 12:30 p.m.

Opportunity House is a program from Brighton Center that provides a supportive environment for young adults, ages 18 to 24, to reach their educational and career goals.

The students living in the affordable housing will have case managers on-site for support. The goal is to support students who might not have had the opportunity to go into post-secondary education and get them into high-wage jobs within the community.

“We are always trying to innovate on how we are connecting individuals and families who are on the sidelines of our labor market to the resources and programs and opportunities that are going to help them,” Brighton Center Vice President Talia Frye told LINK nky in a Feb. 7 interview.

Frye said the students living in Opportunity House must work at least part-time and will pay 30% of their income for their apartment.

Opportunity House consists of 15 efficiency apartments and one one-bedroom apartment with individual bathrooms and kitchenettes. In addition to those units, there will be a large group room, classroom, full teaching kitchen, offices, laundry, and small meeting rooms on the lower level of the facility.

NKU President Ashish Vaidya, Brighton Center President and CEO Wonda Winkler, Highland Heights Mayor Greg Meyers, and residents of Opportunity house will speak at the event.

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The ceremony will be followed by an open house and facility tours until 5 p.m.

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