Work begins on Berlin retirement housing project.
This project is being sponsored by Montachusett Home Care Corporation (MHCC) and Berlin Retirement Homes. Funding for the project comes from the federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The project also receives supplemental funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
The project is being built under the auspices of HUD's section 202 program, which provides safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income elders.
"I and everyone associated with this project is very pleased that construction is underway, as the sooner the project is built the sooner we can start serving elders," said MHCC Executive Director Gregory Giuliano. The 40-unit building will be completed early next spring.
"Once the building is occupied, MHCC will provide a service coordinator to ensure that residents receive the services they need so they can age in place and avoid nursing home placement," Giuliano said.
MHCC is a non-profit agency, located in Leominster, which provides home care and other supportive services to enable elders and disabled adults to remain safely in their own homes or apartments. MHCC serves 21 communities in north central Massachusetts.
Elders who live in Section 202 housing pay 30 percent of their income in rent, with any additional rental costs covered by a subsidy from HUD. To be eligible for this housing, an elder's income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area's mean income, which, in Berlin, is $35,950 for a single individual and $41,100 for a couple.
CUTLINE: Shown during the groundbreaking for the new elderly housing site in Berlin are (from left): Margaret Woovis, project board member; William Rollins, project attorney; William Walsh, board treasurer; Gregory Giuliano, executive director of MHCC; James Lanciani Jr., project board member; Eloise Salls, board president; Gretchen Ellis, project board member; Ruth Wheller, project board member; and Chip Gagnier, project consultant.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Mar 30, 2012|
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