Affordable housing complex for homeless seniors opens in Grantville

Trinity Place, a new affordable senior housing complex, opened in the Grantville area on Friday. Courtesy County Press Center

An affordable housing complex for seniors, including those with chronic physical illnesses and mental health issues, opened on Friday in the Grantville area.

Built by Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, Trinity Place was designed for homeless seniors with chronic health conditions.

Residents will have access to social and medical services that promote health, housing stability and general well-being, county officials said.

William is one of the residents of Trinity Place. Courtesy County Press Center

Of the 73 apartments, 18 are housing units with permanent support services dedicated to people aged 55 and over experiencing homelessness and mental health problems.

“Permanent supportive housing has repeatedly shown that it can reduce the frequent need for behavioral health crisis services and emergency room visits, as well as criminal justice involvement,” said Dr Luke Bergmann, director behavioral health services at the County Health and Human Services Agency. . “Renters report an increased ability to focus on their recovery, reconnect with loved ones, and pursue their education and employment goals. I am happy that Trinity Place is adding 18 more units to provide this level of care.

Residents will receive county-funded support services in addition to permanent housing. Wakeland has received more than $ 2.7 million in loans under the county’s special needs housing program under the Mental Health Services Act.

Some features for seniors include:

  • adaptable apartments with bathroom grab bars, large door handles and easy-to-open cabinets
  • a dedicated curbside pick-up area next to the main hall for service provider vans for tenant transportation, as well as four van locations and a separate pick-up area in the garage
  • apartments with ADA features for hearing and visually impaired residents
  • an exercise room to promote the movement of able-bodied residents

Residents of Trinity Place will also have access to services from four providers: People Assisting the Homeless, St. Paul’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Senior IMPACT from the Community Research Foundation and Alpha Project Home Finder.

“The completion of this property demonstrates Wakeland’s commitment to providing affordable housing that helps those in need during the current housing crisis,” said Ken Sauder, President and CEO of Wakeland. “Trinity Place is unique in that it not only provides these seniors with a safe place to live, but also offers comprehensive services designed to help them live in a stable manner,
independent lives.

City News Service contributed to this article.







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