Residents, Nonprofits and Funders Celebrate Renovations to Kelley’s Field
[Hinesburg, VT] Kelley’s Field was constructed 36 years ago as a 24-unit, affordable senior housing community in the center of Hinesburg. When the owner announced that he was selling Kelley’s Field, Housing Vermont and Cathedral Square partnered to purchase the property and make needed capital improvements. Today the two nonprofit organizations joined residents and funders to celebrate the renovations which are expected to be completed in November.
“As many of you know, this was a community baseball field before this housing was constructed—that’s where the name ‘Kelley’s Field’ originated,” said Kathy Beyer, Director of Development for Housing Vermont. “To borrow a baseball term, today we are taking a seventh inning stretch to thank the residents for their patience and cooperation and to show funders and the community our progress to date.”
Renovations totaling $1.6 million include new kitchens, bathrooms and flooring; improvements to the building envelope including insulation and air sealing; new windows, siding and roofs; accessibility improvements; new energy efficient gas boilers; and a facelift to the community and laundry rooms.
“We think that we have hit a home run here,” said Kim Fitzgerald, Cathedral Square CEO. “Not only are we making needed renovations and improvements, but we are preserving affordability of the housing for current senior residents as well as future residents.” Fitzgerald explained that HUD provides rental subsidies for Kelley’s Field which allows residents to pay 30% of their monthly income for rent providing housing security for seniors on modest fixed incomes.
Amenities at Kelley’s Field include a community room with kitchen, laundry facilities, and a covered gazebo for social gatherings. Kelley’s Field offers SASH—Support And Services at Home—at no cost for residents. SASH is a care coordination and health promotion program which assists residents and Medicare eligible community members in accessing the care they need to stay healthy while living safely and comfortably at home. The SASH model provides an on-site SASH Coordinator and a part-time Wellness Nurse who work as part of the SASH Team made up of staff from the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, CVAA, Howard Center and the participating resident or community member.
Funding of $4.2 million was raised from numerous sources to pay for acquiring and redeveloping Kelley’s Field. Housing Vermont’s Green Mountain Housing Equity Fund invested more than $1.1 million through federal tax credits while the Merchants Bank utilized state tax credits to invest $174,000. The People’s United Bank provided $300,000 through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Affordable Housing Program. Vermont Housing Finance Agency provided construction and permanent financing. Other funders included the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Community Development Program through the Town of Hinesburg, the federal HOME program and the Vermont Center for Independent Living. Energy efficiency measures were funded through the Vermont Fuel Efficiency Partnership, the Weatherization Program, Vermont Gas and Efficiency Vermont.
S2 Architecture is the architect for the renovations, and HP Cummings Construction Company is the construction manager.
Housing Vermont is a private, nonprofit development company founded in 1988 to produce permanently affordable rental housing for Vermonters through partnerships with communities and the private sector.
Since its inception, Housing Vermont has raised more than $280 million in private equity to finance 161 affordable rental housing developments throughout the State. This equity has leveraged an additional $377 million in private financing and public investment. The 4,825 apartments created or renovated in these efforts serve low and moderate income Vermonters including seniors and those with special needs. Housing Vermont is an active member of the National Association of State and Local Equity Funds (NASLEF).
Cathedral Square (CS), is a nonprofit organization that owns and manages communities for seniors and individuals with special needs. The organization was founded as a ministry of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in 1977 and by 1979 CS had opened its first building in downtown Burlington, Vermont. For the past 38 years, Cathedral Square has lived up to its mission of “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging”, providing housing with supportive services for over 1,127 residents. As an advocate for a system that better serves the long term care needs of Vermonters, Cathedral Square administers the SASH – Support And Services at Home – program statewide as part of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. The organization continues to develop properties throughout Northwestern Vermont. Today, CS owns and/or manages 29 housing communities, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at an affordable price.
Kenn Sassorossi, Housing Vermont, (802) 355-8009 or Kenn@hvt.org
Cindy Reid, Cathedral Square, (802) 859-8805 or firstname.lastname@example.org