WestMass ElderCare Wins Grant

HOLYOKE — After three years of planning, WestMass Elder Care was notified late last month of federal support for its Supportive Housing Plan for 45 units of housing to assist frail, low-income seniors. 

The supportive housing complex will be located at 87 Canal St. in South Hadley.

The award was announced by the Bush administration on Oct. 22. The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Capital Advance is in the amount of $5.13 million, and another $880,000 in rental subsidies for five years.

The award was one of six given for Bay State groups.

“This is a home run for seniors of our region that desire to stay in the community as they age,” said WestMass ElderCare Executive Director Priscilla Chalmers. “So often, lower income elders are forced to leave their own homes and apartments due to ill health or difficulty with everyday tasks.

“The addition of this facility to our region will give area seniors a choice of living at home independently, with a little extra help,” she continued, adding that the housing proposal was a collaboration forged with the South Hadley Housing Authority, area agencies, and individuals who will play a key role in the development and operation of the project.

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