For Immediate Release: Monday, Sept. 11, 2023
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YWCA Greater Newburyport Hosts Groundbreaking For YWCA Residences at Ingalls Court 1 in Methuen on Sept. 15
Newburyport, MA – The YWCA Greater Newburyport, partnering with the Nevins Family of Services, Element Care PACE and the City of Methuen, will break ground on the YWCA Residences at 12 Ingalls Court in Methuen on Friday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.
This affordable housing project is designed to accommodate seniors at every phase of their later years. According to Methuen Mayor Neil Perry, “This project is a rare example of three separate agencies with separate missions working together to allow seniors to age in place with dignity and support and helps begin to address one of the issues of our most vulnerable population. We worked hard with the YWCA to complete the zoning and committed $500,000 in HOME funds to make this a first-of-its-kind model in the Merrimack Valley”
YWCA Greater Newburyport will develop 48 one-bedroom units for the lowest income senior households (age 62 and over) with comprehensive medical care and supportive services provided by Element Care PACE.
“We’re excited to be establishing senior housing that comes with social opportunities and easy healthcare access – this is one-stop shopping for residents and their families,” says John Feehan, Executive Director of YWCA Greater Newburyport. “Amenities include things like roll-in showers and kitchens that can be easily converted to wheelchair-accessible units – including ADA ovens. They have thought of everything from color schemes that will help seniors find their way to signage for those with poor eyesight.”
According to Senator Pavel Payano, (D-Lawrence), “I am very excited for the Ingalls Court project to be underway. With rising cost of living across the Merrimack Valley, collaborative affordable housing projects like these are essential to ensure that seniors are able to continue to call our community home.”
Element Care PACE offers a Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), to low-income older adults who are eligible for a nursing home level of care. According to Element Care CEO, Robert Wakefield, “Our program provides wrap-around medical services to support older adults so they can live longer in their own home and community. Element Care PACE will be located on the first floor of the Phase 1 affordable housing project for easy accessibility. Our PACE Participants will receive behavioral health and medical services in an on-site day program, nursing and therapeutic services to manage chronic conditions, home care, transportation, meals, and a host of social programs.”
When seniors require rehabilitative or nursing home services, tenants can choose to use the services of the Nevins Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Centre next door. The housing and Nevins will be connected by a wheelchair-accessible pathway, making it easy for families and friends to visit often.
According to Joyce Shannon, President/CEO of Nevins Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre,
“Nevins Nursing and Rehab Centre is thrilled to continue the tradition of serving elders in the community by partnering with two other great nonprofit organizations to provide additional low-income elderly housing to members of the greater Methuen community.”
Nevins currently enjoys a strong working relationship with Element Care PACE. PACE Participants use Nevins for both rehabilitation services and nursing home care. The collaboration has been key to the success of both Element Care PACE and Nevins.
This project was made possible through the support of many different funders including the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, WNC, Tax Incentive Finance, Element Care PACE, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, FHLB Bank of Boston, Mass DEP CERP, the City of Methuen, the Charles Farnsworth Trust, Mass Housing and Massachusetts Housing Partnership, and Eastern Bank.
YWCA Greater Newburyport has been managing affordable housing for over 135 years and provides experienced property management. The YWCA Residences at Ingalls Court 1 is a perfect fit for the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, freedom and dignity for all. For more information about YWCA Greater Newburyport, visit YWCA Greater Newburyport (www.ywcanewburyport.org).
YWCA Greater Newburyport Hosts Groundbreaking for YWCA Residences at Ingalls Court 1 in Methuen, 9/15/2023. Pictured above: YWCA Presidents: From left Annmary Connor (past President), Jessica Baylor, current President and Danielle Holmes and Margaret McCarthy (past Presidents)
YWCA Residences at Ingalls Court 1 Groundbreaking Team from left: Sarah McKeever, CEDAC, Amanda Roe, Mass Housing Partnership, Tobi Goldberg, FHLB, Bonnie Hieple, MassDEP Commissioner, Neil Perry, Mayor Methuen, Representative Estela A. Reyes, 4th Essex District, Senator Paval Payano, First Essex District, Nat Coughlin, LD Russo, John Feehan, YWCA Executive Director, Jason Hastings, WNC, Robert Wakefield, Element Care, Sharon Walsh, Nevins Family of Services.
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