Governor Pat Quinn announced last week that $7.5 million in state and federally- backed funding efforts will help back construction of the River to River Residential Community of Marion. The supportive living facility will offer an alternative to nursing home care for low-income seniors and create up to 35 jobs during construction and 20 permanent jobs once it is complete. The Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) provided $5.7 million in tax-exempt bond financing to build the facility. An additional $1.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, provided through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), helped to leverage more than $2 million of equity for the development. River to River Residential Community will contain 50 apartments with single and double occupancy apartments.
“The River to River Community of Marion offers people in Southern Illinois the option of maintaining their independence while still having access to round-the-clock care when they need it,” said Governor Quinn. “I am happy to announce the important federal investment and state backing that made this project a reality.”
Illinois’ Supportive Living Program offers an affordable alternative to nursing home care for low-income seniors age 65 and older that are enrolled in Medicaid. By combining apartment-style housing with personal care and other health and wellness services, residents can live independently, emphasizing residents’ personal choice, dignity, privacy and individuality.