Lofts at Hoover, Dayton, Ohio
Providing affordable, lasting housing for seniors or low income families drives St. Mary Development Corporation to search and grow their housing capacity. In a great effort to bring seniors together to share common amenities and facilities grew the Hoover Lofts and Hoover Place quickly, with Lion’s Place on the horizon.
The vision was to create a community of low-income seniors age 55 and above at Hoover Senior Village, while enticing the city to recognize the growing need for additional health care facilities, particularly in the vicinity of this development at Dayton, Ohio. The project’s financing is based on an award of tax credits received October 2005 from OHFA. St. Mary Development partnered with both the City of Dayton and NeighborWorks® to plan and finance the project. Each provided grant monies – and St. Mary Development turned to Community Housing Capital to finance the balance. Their projected source of capital for long term replacement is to reapply for tax credits every fifteen years. “The financing was the key,” St Mary Development Corporation Executive Director Richard McBride said. “This project wouldn’t have happened without the mortgage.”
Today, the campus houses between 350 and 400 seniors. Uniquely constructed on a steep property, the units cascade over the landscape. Community rooms, activity rooms, coffee shops, laundry areas and beauty shops fulfill many senior’s daily needs. Handicap accessible vans provide transportation to shopping and special events and the two-bedroom apartments are fully equipped with kitchen appliances, walk-in closets and pantries as well as private entrances and patios.
“Our work has been blessed,” McBride said. “Now we hope to see growth toward the addition of medical services on or near campus, so we might be a fully functioning senior environment for all income levels.
When her husband’s health declined, Ruby found herself scrambling to care for his needs as well as remain independent. And though her children lived several hours away from home, she relied upon them for backup. One of her children recommended she apply for an apartment near his home. Lofts at Hover was a perfect fit.
Dedicated to find ways to keep her husband home with her, she turned to management at Lofts at Hoover to help her to access services. Since he no longer walks, he requires care at all times. Like some of her other neighbors, more intensive health care assistance is required, such as physician home visits. Their spacious apartment accommodates medical equipment for him, including his hospital bed and oxygen tank.
And though she is unable to participate in the activities and get out for socializing as much as she’d like – she does have home health services come to her home so she can get out for a portion of each day. Their property manager has ensured she has opportunities to participate in outings and arranges for transportation for her, as well.
Relocating to the Lofts at Hoover has been a win-win for Ruby. Today, she enjoys knowing her husband continues to live at home with her while she has a full support system in place. And having family visit is now a pleasure, since their apartment is modern and convenient.