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City of Napoleon opens new low-cost senior housing

Part of the city’s master plan for affordable housing and senior independence
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 5:58 PM EDT
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NAPOLEON, Ohio (WTVG) - There’s a new development in Henry County that hopes to give area seniors their independence back. The Napoleon Senior Housing project is officially complete. The city is hosted a tour Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. to showcase the one and two-bedroom apartments available.

The city says this project has been a few years in the making. As Napoleon reviewed its master plan, citizens brought up how there was a lack of affordable housing for its senior population. With the many challenges facing our senior citizens, staying in their homes can become difficult, and yet the only options most have are ones that can take away their independence. Most seniors still want the independence of living on their own without the burden of the costs of maintaining a larger home. So a new housing development plan was brought to life.

“There’s an affordability clause, so residents that make no more than $46,000 a year in a two-person household can live here,” says Managing General Partner, John Stock. “It’s brand new, energy efficiency, low utilities, and senior services are on the way once the senior center reopens.”

Now the 49 unit development is ready for tenants — slowly bringing people in over the past year. The main goal is freedom, without hurting pocketbooks.

Joel Mazur, Napoleon’s City Manager says this opens a lot of doors for the city. “There’s been a tremendous amount of housing growth in this community over the past few years, and this project definitely fits a need in the community and fills a void,” he says. “So, there are a lot of housing opportunities for seniors now.”

“This project is funded through the Housing Tax Credit program out of Ohio Housing,” adds Stock. “So it’s got development subsidy, and it’s a very competitive funding cycle. And back in 2010 we were close to being funded but weren’t funded. And until 2018 it really wasn’t competitive, but we saw an opportunity to get this funded, so we’re glad we did.”

There are vacancies at the facility. To qualify, your entire household must make less that $46,000 a year. A one-bedroom unit starts at $311, and goes up to $610 per month. A two-bedroom starts at $700 a month. Utilities are extra, but water, sewer and trash is included. Some units have garages attached. Pets are allowed with a $300 deposit and no monthly fee.

For more information, call 419-717-9753.

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