Groundbreaking for affordable housing for senior citizens

Published: Feb. 25, 2015 at 11:36 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 at 12:32 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Soon more senior citizens in New Orleans will have access to affordable housing in the Faubourg Laftitte community. Wednesday marked the official groundbreaking on a 100-unit apartment building just for senior citizens.  City, state and federal leaders were there to celebrate the event that was forced inside by the rainy weather.  Provident Community Housing is one of the project's partners.  President & CEO Terri North called it an "exciting opportunity" for Lafitte-Treme seniors.

“We are housing seniors here now, and we're housing seniors out in the community around here now. But there are so many more that want to come back to this community, said Terri North, President and CEO of Providence Community Housing. “So this building will serve not only ones that are living here now but new ones that are coming."

Construction started in late January on the 96,000 square foot building bounded by North Galvez Street, Orleans Avenue, North Johnson Street, and Magic Street. It will contain 89 one-bedroom and 11-two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 615 to 900 square feet. Each unit will contain Energy Star appliances, in-unit microwaves, and cable and internet service connections. Residents will have immediate access to community space with audio/visual capability and multiple laundry rooms within the facility. The building is expected to be complete in approximately 18 months.

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