New affordable housing for seniors in Salisbury
In Salisbury, senior citizens now have a community to live in that won't break the bank. Although the Lodges of Naylor Mill, an affordable housing community, have been around since 2006, over 40 new units are now complete.The goal is to fill the void of affordable senior living on the Eastern Shore.
It's taken 15 years to get to this point, but now organizers, officials, and more can say that they did it.
They completed the Lodges of Naylor Mill and that's good news for seniors looking for a place to live without breaking the bank.
Rev. Thomas McKelvey is the President of Interfaith Housing Delmarva, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for people along the Eastern Shore.
"The need is just unbelievable we have a long waiting list every time we build we continue to have long waiting lists wherever we are," explains McKelvey.
He says affordable housing is hard to come by and many of the men and women living here at Naylor Mill agree.
"It was difficult. I went around to a lot of different places before I got here," says one resident.
Another says, "A lot of the apartments sell for $800 for a bedroom, not for an apartment, a bedroom. I can't pay $800, that's two-thirds of my social security check."
With the help of Volunteers of America and the city of Salisbury, Lodges of Naylor Mill was made possible.
Volunteers of America Project Manager, Rick Della, has been working on this community for over a decade.
Now the wait is over with 45 new units allowing over 100 seniors into the community that doesn't lack amenities, even with low rent.
One resident says, "It's nice, very nice considering it's a low rental. I mean it's got all the amenities that most of your regular apartments wouldn't have."
Della explains, "There are a lot of folks here who are renting these units for a little over 400 dollars."
Della says they were able to receive the funding to complete the Lodges, thanks to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and they were able to keep the rent low for the seniors because of tax credits.