More senior housing going up fast

Monday, December 27, 2004
Kay Fulton and Ed Keeter, with the Area Agency on Aging, visited the Ozark Meadows II senior housing complex on Clive Street in Berryville that is nearing completion.

BERRYVILLE ---- An affordable housing complex for low-income older adults is expected to be ready for occupancy in February.

Ozark Meadows II, located next to the 20-unit Ozark Meadows Apartments on Clive Street in Berryville, is 80 percent complete, said Terry Gray, construction superintendent for Champion Builders.

Gray said crews stayed busy with dirt work while the weather held, and will finish the inside work during inclement weather periods.

"I'm shooting for an early February completion date," he said.

The housing complex is being developed by the Area Agency on Aging, which also operates the neighboring Ozark Meadows Apartments and the 16-unit Oak Hills senior housing complex in Green Forest.

Ozark Meadows II will feature 20 energy-efficient apartments designed for older adults and made available to those living on a low-income budget.

All the apartments will have central heat and air, a frost-free refrigerator, range, washer/dryer connections and an emergency signaling device, besides grab bars in the bath.

Fifteen apartments will have roll-in showers and two units will be fully wheelchair accessible

The complex will also include a community building with multi-purpose room, laundry and a manager's office.

Kay Fulton, with the Area Agency on Aging, said the community building will be much like those at similar facilities.

"It's for use by residents for get-togethers," she explained. "With it's kitchen facilities, it can be used for family gatherings. Residents also meet there to play cards, host pot-lucks and enjoy movie nights together."

The agency is currently looking for an on-site manager to work 20 hours a week.

Fulton said the manager usually works half days and is responsible for light maintenance and assists residents when needed.

Ozark Meadows II was developed, she said, because the other housing complexes the agency operates are usually full.

"We saw the need," she explained. "Our agency is providing good quality affordable housing."

Rent assistance for all residents will subsidized with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. Security deposits will be as low as $50 (based on income).

The apartments will be for people 62 years of age and older and their spouses who have an annual income of no more than $14,000 for one person, or $16,000 for a couple. Preference will be given to extremely low-income seniors.

Fulton said rent is based on income, minus medical expenses. "It varies from person to person," she explained.

Applications are now being accepted and additional information regarding apartment rental and application forms may be obtained by calling Sherry Greenhaw or Marla Keithley at the Area Agency on Aging in Harrison at (870) 741-1144 or (800) 432-9721.

The Area Agency on Aging operates 13 housing complexes throughout its nine county area, including two in Carroll County.

The Area Agency on Aging is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lifestyle of people 60 years of age and older, helping them to remain independent and at home as long as possible, and advocating for the individual rights of those in long-term care facilities.

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