Administration Awards $19.5 Million to Produce More Assisted Living Senior Housing in 4 states
WASHINGTON – (LoanSafe.org) – Elderly Americans in Arizona, Maryland, New York and Ohio will soon find themselves living in upgraded apartments equipped to meet their physical needs because of $19.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD today announced the grants to help convert existing multifamily projects into assisted living facility for the elderly. A detailed summary of each grant is attached to this release.
The funding is provided through HUD’s Assisted Living Conversion Program which provides grants for the physical conversion of eligible multifamily assisted housing projects or portions of projects to assisted living facilities.
“These grants will provide an affordable option to nursing homes, helping seniors to live independently,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “The funding we announce today will allow the elderly an opportunity to age in place in familiar surroundings as they become older and require supportive services.”
Assisted living facilities are designed to accommodate low-income frail elderly persons and persons with disabilities who can live independently but need assistance with the activities of daily living such as help with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and home management activities. These affordable facilities provide support services such as personal care, transportation, meals, and housekeeping.
The grants are awarded on a competitive basis. During the review process, HUD assesses several ranking factors including: the extent to which the conversion is needed by the persons that the project is intended to serve; the quality and effectiveness of the proposal in addressing the proposed conversion including the meals and supportive services which the project intends to provide; the ability of the project owner to secure other community resources which can be combined with the grant to achieve the program’s purposes; and the capacity of the project owner to carry out the conversion in a timely and effective manner.
The owners are responsible for ensuring that converted units meet all local standards, codes and regulations governing assisted living facilities. The projects must also be licensed and regulated by the appropriate governing body.
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.
FISCAL YEAR 2009 ASSISTED LIVING CONVERSION PROGRAM
The Assisted Living Conversion Program grant funds will be used to convert 15 third floor units to assisted living units. Minor modifications will be made to 15 previously converted first floor units to bring them into code compliance for use by persons with dementia. The funds will also be used to add a Wanderer’s Garden for use of the residents with dementia. As a result, of the ALCP there will be 24 hours a day on-site staff to respond to the needs of the ALF residents. The ALF will also have available 3 meals a day. Housekeeping service will be provided to clean apartments and do laundry. The role of the Service Coordinator will be expanded.
N.M. Carroll Manor Apartments
The Assisted Living Conversion Program grant funds will be used for the conversion of apartments in this 100-unit, 7-story building to units that will serve the frail elderly. The planned conversion involves 16 existing elderly housing units on Floors 1 and 2 into 16 fully accessible units for the frail elderly. A Medical Care Room and Community Room are also included in the conversion. Unit modifications include widening of doors and bathroom/kitchen improvements. Upon completion, the 16 Assisted Living Care Apartments will be licensed as a Supportive Housing (SH)/Assisted Living Services Program in accordance with the Maryland Department of Aging. The unit conversions, medical care area and community room will facilitate the delivery of services in an economic manner and accommodate the future needs of the residents as they age in place in a safe, decent and affordable environment.
Bernardine Apartments, Inc.
The Assisted Living Conversion Program grant funds will be used to continue the conversion of frail elderly housing in this 206-unit, 24-story building to units. This phase of the conversion will involve converting 10 existing independent elderly housing units on Floor 19 into 9 fully accessible units for the frail elderly. Unit modifications include extensive upgrades to the unit bathrooms and kitchens and doors to comply with handicap accessibility requirements. A resident lounge area and life safety improvements will also be constructed which will benefit the residents of the converted ALCP units and facilitate the delivery of services in an economic manner and accommodate the future needs of the residents as they age in place in a safe, decent, and affordable environment.
NCR of Ohio
The Assisted Living Conversion Program grant funds will be used to convert 25 elderly units on the second and third floor to assisted living units. Hopeton Village is an existing 7-story building with 109 one-bedroom units. This is an expansion of the 2008 ALCP funding which permitted the conversion of two floors, each containing 17 units, to assisted living. All proposed alterations to the facility and living units will meet with handicapped accessibility requirements. Providing assisted living units will allow frail elderly residents already living in an independent environment to receive the support they require to remain in Hopeton Village.
NCR of Ohio
The Assisted Living Conversion Program grant funds will be used to provide 39 assisted living units on floors 4, 5 & 6 into 39 to allow frail elderly residents to age in place at Portage Trail Village. Portage Trail Village is a 13-story high-rise building consisting of 199 units comprised of efficiency units and one-bedroom units. Under the 2008 ALCP funding, the project converted 32 units on the first, second, and third floors to assisted living units. The proposed conversion will create the necessary services spaces for supportive services and accommodations mandated by the Ohio Revised Code and Residential Care Regulations. All proposed alterations to the facility and living units will meet with handicapped accessibility requirements. Providing assisted living in Portage Trail Village will allow frail elderly resident already living in an independent environment to receive the support they require to remain in Portage Trail Village.