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Deadline for Mill Hill Residence is Approaching

Posted by HAC Staff on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

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HAC is encouraging residents and caretakers to apply for an affordable rental unit at Mill Hill Residence before the Friday, July 14 deadline. There are a total of eight affordable units available in the new senior living facility which is being constructed in West Yarmouth. 

The apartments are eligible to those over the age of 62 and who earn 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Barnstable County. They include a mixture of assisted living units as well as memory care units. Those who work, live or have family whose children go to school in Barnstable County will be entered into a local pool; a certain number of units have been set aside for local preference applicants. 

HAC’s Cape Community Real Estate department is conducting the housing lottery for the eight Mill Hill affordable units. “The facility is fantastic,” said Gael Kelleher, HAC’s director of real estate. “We took a tour of Mill Hill last week and were just amazed at the beauty of the building itself.”

Kelleher said this represents a unique opportunity for applicants to get the care they need at a first-rate senior living facility at an affordable price.

Located at 164 Route 28, Mill Hill Residence will have a total of 75 units. It is scheduled to open in August.

Click here to download a lottery application. Hard copies can be picked up at Mill Hill Residences; Yarmouth Town Hall at 1146 Route 28 in South Yarmouth; all Yarmouth public libraries; and HAC’s office at 460 West Main Street in Hyannis.  Applications must be returned to HAC by 5 pm on July 14.

Mill Hill Residence is the latest facility to be built on Cape Cod by Maplewood Senior Living. The Connecticut-based company also operates Maplewood at Brewster and Maplewood at Mayflower Place in West Yarmouth.

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Senior Housing, Cape Community Real Estate, Mill Hill Residence, housing lottery

HAC Holds Information Session for Mill Hill Affordable Units

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Jun 09, 2017 @ 02:49 PM
Mill Hill-1.jpgHAC Real Estate Assistant Betsie Rumbaugh answers a question about the lottery application for the affordable units at Mill Hill Residence in Yarmouth. 

When our loved ones grow older, how will we be able to care for them? It’s a question more Cape Codders are asking, particularly with an aging population; a Community Health Needs Assessment published by Cape Cod Healthcare last fall noted that nearly 26% of Barnstable County’s year-round population is over the age of 65, compared to 14% in Massachusetts and 13% in the nation.

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute predicts those numbers will only grow, estimating that by 2035 nearly 35% of the county’s population will be over 65.

That will bring with it a host of challenges that South Yarmouth’s Debbie Martin and Barnstable’s Cheryl Gibson are already grappling with. The pair were among a handful of residents who attended an information session focused on eight affordable units being built as part of Mill Hill Residence in Yarmouth that staff in HAC’s Cape Community Real Estate department held last month at the Yarmouth Senior Center.

Mill Hill is the latest assisted living facility that Maplewood Senior Living has constructed on Cape Cod. Last year, HAC conducted a lottery for 14 affordable units at Maplewood in Brewster. HAC will be doing the same for the eight affordable units in Mill Hill; a total of 75 units are being constructed there, representing a mixture of assisted living and memory care units.

Gael Kelleher, director of Cape Community Real Estate, said HAC’s role is to determine the eligibility of those applying for the affordable units based upon their income and assets. She said that interested applicants and caregivers should not disqualify themselves or a loved one before applying, noting that there were 45 people eligible for the 14 affordable units in Brewster. 

Both Gibson and Martin attended the session not for themselves, but for their mothers. “It is a lot for families,” Gibson said of serving as a caregiver. Her mother will soon turn 89 and would benefit from being in a facility like Mill Hill that offers memory care services. “There’s so many different aspects of it, between making sure she takes her medication on time to having some social stimulation rather than staring at the TV by herself.”

It was a similar story for Martin, whose 89-year-old mother currently lives at Thirwood Place, an independent living community for seniors in South Yarmouth. “She is at a point where she needs memory care,” Martin said.

She said having affordable units that provide the kinds of services that Mill Hill does make it an attractive option. And it’s something that more people on Cape Cod will require. “When my generation – I’m a Baby Boomer – starts to retire, we are going to demand a lot more options like this,” she said. 

Interested in applying for an affordable unit at Mill Hill Residence? Click this link to download a lottery application. 

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Senior Housing, Gael Kelleher, affordable housing, Betsie Rumbaugh, Mill Hill Residence, Maplewood Senior Living

Clay Pond Cove Opens Its Doors

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:38 AM
Nancy Nygard is the first resident at Clay Pond Cove in Bourne, a newly completed project with 45 rental units for seniors. She was picked number one in a housing lottery and chose a third-floor unit with a great view.
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Construction began last October on Clay Pond Cove, the second phase of HAC’s Canal Bluffs three-phase project. It was developed by HAC in partnership with Boston-based Preservation of Affordable Housing and built by Callahan Construction.

“They did a beautiful job,” said Gisele Gauthier, director of HAC’s housing development department. “We’ll be leasing apartments fast and furiously in the coming months and hope to have full occupancy by year’s end.”

Over Labor Day weekend, Clay Pond Cove’s third resident, Marcia Handy, was finishing moving in to her apartment. “I can’t wait to meet the other residents,” she said. “They’re gorgeous apartments, and living here is easier on my budget than where I was.”

Phase one of Canal Bluffs (28 family rental units) opened in 2009.

Tags: Senior Housing, housing assistance corporation, Housing on Cape Cod, Affordable Development on Cape Cod