Welsh Mountain Home, in rural New Holland, Pa., plans to build 36 new apartments for seniors age 62 plus following approval of  $599,807 in funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), reports Andrew Maines, Executive Director of Welsh Mountain Home.  The project will be called Mountain View Terrace.

“This is encouraging news,” commented Andrew Maines, the organization’s Executive Director. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Welsh Mountain Home to expand our aging services. There are very few options for quality housing for persons 62 and older with less the median income. Welsh Mountain Home has thrived in the area of affordable housing for seniors and this project brings WMH one step further in making a difference in the lives of more seniors. Providing quality care with a Christian emphasis and treating our residents with dignity and respect so they can age in place is our goal.”

Welsh Mountain Home Board Chair Dwight Groff added, “Welsh Mountain Home has a long history dedicated to serving the community; especially persons with limited resources. Mountain View Terrace extends our mission and ministry beyond the scope of the present facility, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity to provide affordable care well into the next quarter century. It is exciting to think of the possibilities that will be afforded to us because of the team work taking place with many other agencies.”

The total cost of the project is $ 7.2 million, with $1 million of funding coming from the Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities and Low Income Housing Tax Credits of approximately $ 6 million coming from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which provides approximately $5.3 million in tax credit equity.

The successful project application is the result of a strong team of partners including Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic, Cornerstone Design Architects, ELA Group, E.G. Stoltzfus,  McKonly & Asbury, and Landis Communities, of which Welsh Mountain Home is  an affiliate.  Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2013.

Welsh Mountain Home is a non-profit personal care home that has been providing compassionate, affordable care for over 85 years. Situated on 50 gently rolling acres in eastern Lancaster County, Pa, Welsh Mountain Home provides facilities, services and programs for older adults and dependent persons from all walks of life in an atmosphere of simplicity and integrity with a Christian emphasis. It is committed to maintaining their core values of Christian compassion, integrity, accountability and stewardship. www.welshmountainhome.org/

Landis Communities grows out of the nearly 50 year history of Landis Homes Retirement Community and is committed to following God’s call to creatively serve the diverse needs and interests of older adults by developing opportunities and collaborative relationships. It is committed to keeping retirement living strong and vital; to providing a number of affordable living options, including new models of age 55+ active adult living in the city of Lancaster and elsewhere; to provide services at home – supporting aging in place, and to developing creative partnerships in support of all of these areas.http://www.landiscommunities.org www.landiscommunities.org/

Founded in 1971, Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality affordable rental housing for low-income people and senior citizens throughout Pennsylvania. Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic is one of the largest providers of affordable rental housing in the commonwealth and has developed and currently manages more than 3,100 rental housing units in 11 counties. www.hdcweb.com

Contact Information: Larry Guengerich

Director of Communications and Church Relations Landis Communities

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