SOUTH BURLINGTON – Senator James Jeffords was honored today for providing critical funding to the innovative Farrell Street Senior Housing and Resource Center in South Burlington. The Senator obtained a $250,000 HUD Special Purpose grant for the construction of 63 units of affordable “supportive housing”. He expressed admiration for the nonprofits that have joined together to make this possible: Cathedral Square Corporation, United Way of Chittenden County, HomeShare Vermont and the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. Senator Jeffords said, “Our seniors want more services – in the place they call home. This new community will bring many programs ‘under one roof’ for the benefit of all seniors”.

The Senator commended Cathedral Square Corporation for having secured $11 Million in funding including a $3,527,800 HUD Section 202 Capital Advance and $141,000 in annual rental subsidy; $900,000 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; $3,821,900 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Vermont Housing Finance Agency; $450,000 from the Vermont Community Development Program (through the City of South Burlington); and $14,784 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Affordable Housing Program combined with a $1,398,000 subsidized loan through the Chittenden Bank.

In addition to housing seniors, the project will be home to an Adult Day Program operated by the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, and the offices of Cathedral Square Corporation, HomeShare Vermont and United Way of Chittenden County. “Co-locating with other service organizations will help us provide services to our clients in a more efficient manner,” said HomeShare Vermont Executive Director Kirby Dunn. Gretchen Morse, the Executive Director of United Way of Chittenden County echoed the same sentiments, adding, “The location of the new offices will create easy access for over 300 volunteers who donate their time and talent to the many programs we provide for the community.”

This novel initiative was made possible by the early support of the City of South Burlington. The City sponsored two Vermont Community Development grants. The housing will be located in the emerging mixed-use neighborhood located between Shelburne Road and Farrell Street in South Burlington. “We are very pleased to see that our seniors will have the opportunity to live in this wonderful new neighborhood,” states City Council Chair Jim Condos.

The project will provide a total of 63 apartments, affordable housing that is needed by the 500 + people on Cathedral Square Corporation’s waiting list. All of the apartments will be built to a barrier-free design standard to insure that they accommodate the needs of seniors as health status changes. Showers will accommodate wheelchairs, hallways are wider, and kitchens and baths are built to be readily adapted to individual needs. The building will provide on-call staff, service coordination and congregate meals. The building will provide underground parking and all of the entrances will be fully accessible. The housing will be affordable to a mix of incomes.

This is the second time the VNA and Cathedral Square have co-located senior housing with an adult day program. Churchill Hindes, VNA CEO and President said, “The VNA views this as an opportunity to better serve the community by making its adult day services more accessible to individuals in Burlington and the southern part or Chittenden County. We are pleased to be a part of this innovative and collaborative initiative with organizations who share the goal of assisting and supporting individuals, helping them to remain independent and safe.”

Vermont is the second state in the country to successfully combine the funding sources needed for Farrell Street, “We would not be able to make this project a reality without the hard work and creativity of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and the Manchester field office of HUD,” said Cathedral Square Executive Director Nancy Eldridge, “We are building for a future when long term care services come to a senior’s home rather than the senior going to a nursing home”.