Cathedral Square Begins Construction on Energy-Efficient Housing for Seniors in Milton
Milton, VT—State and local officials, and leaders from finance and nonprofit housing organizations, marked the construction start of an innovative, affordable housing community for seniors at a groundbreaking ceremony on May 2nd.
Elm Place is located at 60 Bombardier Road in Milton and will be Vermont’s first multi-family building certified to Passive House standards. The super energy-efficient building will use roughly 65% less energy than those built to today’s standard codes. This efficiency is achieved through better windows and doors, added insulation, and improved air sealing.
Elm Place, developed by Cathedral Square, is expected to open in March, 2017, and will provide thirty, affordable, one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors. Amenities are to include covered parking, laundry facilities, on-site storage, exercise room, and more. Rent will include heat, air conditioning, hot water, laundry and electricity. Support And Services at Home (SASH) will be offered to residents at no cost. SASH is a care coordination program which gives residents access to the care they need to stay healthy while living comfortably and safely at home.
Elm Place development costs were funded by sources including Vermont Housing Finance Agency, People’s United Bank, the Vermont Community Development Program, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the HOME Investment Partnership, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Efficiency Vermont, the TD Charitable Foundation, Commons Energy, Enterprise Community Partners, The Housing Assistance Council, Vermont Gas, and in-kind support provided by the Town of Milton.
Cindy Reid, Cathedral Square’s Director of Development, said, “the Passive House focus on sustainability and human comfort aligns well with our vision for affordable senior housing. It’s very exciting to reduce our carbon footprint while increasing comfort and quality of life.”
“Elm Place brings much needed affordable housing to Milton’s growing population of seniors,” said Milton Town Manager Donna Barlow Casey. “I’m delighted that our at-risk seniors will have homes and services that allow them to age with independence and dignity.”
About Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square is a non-profit organization created in 1977. The organization develops and operates communities for seniors and individuals with special needs. Cathedral Square’s mission to support “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging” begins with providing service-enriched housing to over 1,154 residents. Cathedral Square owns and/or manages 30 housing communities, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at an affordable price. www.cathedralsquare.org Cathedral Square administers the SASH (Support And Services at Home) model statewide as part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. SASH is a care management model harnessing the combined strength of social service agencies, community health providers and non-profit housing organizations to support more than 5,000 Vermonters in aging safely and healthfully at home. www.sashvt.org