Skip to comments.Seniors in Rochester(Mn) Area Flock to Affordable Housing
Posted on 10/04/2010 8:13:01 AM PDT by Son House
Market research showed a need for more low-income senior housing in Rochester, but the numbers of people applying for 53 new rent-subsidized independent living apartment units brought that need home.
As of several weeks ago, more than 80 people had applied to live at Kenosha Drive Apartments, a new low-income senior housing facility for those age 62 and older in northwest Rochester, which is set to become the flagship property for Accessible Space, a national nonprofit affordable housing provider based in St. Paul.
That's the most applications the non-profit has received for a new facility, said Devin C. Vander Schaaf, marketing specialist with Accessible Space Inc.
More than half of the units were occupied when residents began moving in Oct. 1, he said. "That shows the kind of need there is for affordable senior housing."
One of the top five needs expressed in the last five years by members of the Rochester Senior Center is affordable housing, said Sally Gallagher, executive director of the Senior Center, which has helped support and promote the Kenosha Drive Apartments.
That need was also recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provided $6 million through its Section 202 program, which supports housing for the elderly. The building also received $432,000 in additional funding from HUD, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the City of Rochester/Olmsted County Community Development Block Grants.
Funding not only helped build the complex, but also makes the rent affordable, said Ken Berry, director of property management for Accessible Space. Rent at Kenosha Drive is based on 30 percent of gross adjusted monthly income. Income limits apply.
The three-story complex has 53 approximately 540-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments, 10 of which are wheelchair accessible.
The building also has a large multi-purpose congregant dining room, where hot noon meals will be available Monday through Friday through the Senior Center. There's also an activity room with computers with Internet access, exercise room, and spaces throughout the building to gather and socialize and have events and activities.
The staff consists of a manager to do caretaking and a service coordinator to help connect residents with local services. The building will also offer assisted living services, Berry said.
And while a public bus stop is located a few blocks away, Vander Schaaf said he is working with the city of to get a bus stop added at the bottom of Kenosha Drive.
"It's a beautiful building," Berry said. "It's a flagship senior housing building through the region in the Midwest and our nicest in the nation."
Will you be the part of the 53 that get housing, or the 27 that are turned away? Government programs are unsustainable at current funding levels.
A little non-profit research shows the Accessible Space Inc CEO makes $302,545 in compensations, about halfway down this page;
Big Green CEOs Earn More Than Climate Deniers
“the welfare of humanity is the alibi of tyrants”
Of course if they get sick, there are no good hospitals nearby.-sarc
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