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Lawmakers announce federal bill to help Baltimore seniors with affordable housing

Posted at 7:05 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 19:05:03-05

WASHINGTON — Maryland's congressional lawmakers announced millions of dollars in federal funding to support Baltimore seniors.

The money, more than $4.8 million, will go towards affordable housing options.

According to the Baltimore delegation, the Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc (CHAI) will receive $3,734,840 for the development of Woodland Gardens Elderly Housing project in northwest Baltimore, and CSI Support and Development Services will receive $1,141,097 to build seven new units at the Highlandtown Plaza Cooperative Apartments in southeast Baltimore.

“Woodland Gardens II will provide 75 units of affordable housing to seniors in the Park Heights community of Baltimore, Maryland. The site is within walking distance of commercial, social and neighborhood-serving amenities. Residents can take full advantage of the range of services and amenities on the site and in the neighborhood," said Nancy Evans, Chief Executive Officer for CSI Support & Development Services.

The plan for the bill is to help expand affordable housing for low-income seniors.

“Every American deserves a safe and comfortable place to call home,” said the lawmakers. “But for too many seniors in Maryland and across the country, finding affordable housing with quality care and critical services remains out of reach."

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 202 Program. It helps expand the supply of affordable housing for the elderly, allowing them to live independently in an environment that offers cooking, cleaning, and transportation services.