Friday, August 1, 2014

Baltimore Housing celebrates preservation of affordable senior housing

News from NHC's family of members
by Radiah Shabazz, National Housing Conference



Last month NHC member Baltimore Housing celebrated the preservation of Memorial Apartments, a housing development for seniors in the city’s Bolton Hill neighborhood. The complex is designed to enhance the living experience of seniors 65 and older and foster independence and the ability to age in place.

Construction on the apartments will preserve 266 state-of-the-art affordable units for seniors. The building will be updated with central heating and cooling, solar hot water systems, elevators and windows. A multipurpose room will also be added, along with a library and computer lab, fitness center, community gardens and a catering kitchen.

“The new Memorial Apartments will greatly improve the existing character of Bolton Hill and provide new opportunities that enable seniors to live an active and productive lifestyle,” Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano said in a press release. “The energy that it will bring to the greater community will serve as a catalyst for developing a thriving mixed-income neighborhood that all residents can enjoy.”

Rehabilitation of Memorial Apartments will afford hundreds of older adults the opportunity to age in the comfort of their own homes without being pushed into nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. In March we published Aging in Every Place, a report which shows how supportive service programs increase the ability of seniors to age outside of institutional settings, when services are provided on-site or are available nearby in the community.   

Construction of the new Memorial Apartments is expected to be completed in just under two years.

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