MetLife Foundation Announces Winners of Affordable Senior Housing Grants

MetLife’s Foundation Awards announced four winners for its 2011 Excellence in Affordable Housing contest on Friday.

The companies will each receive $50,000 in unrestricted grant funds to expand work in affordable senior housing and will be recognized at various events around the country culminating with a final event at the LeadingAge conference in Washington, D.C. this fall.

“MetLife Foundation and Enterprise share a commitment to ensuring our growing older adult population has access to affordable, safe and healthy housing,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to join Enterprise in recognizing four organizations that are effectively meeting this growing need and enabling older adults to age in place.”

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The 2011 winners include B’nai B’rith Housing New England in Brighton, Mass. for Covenant House. A home for seniors and adults with disabilities, Covenant House mixes best practices in green operations and maintenance with the use of enriched technology in order to enhance the quality of life for its 300 residents.

Ingleside Homes, Inc. in Wilmington, Del., for Ingleside Retirement Apartments. By providing a sophisticated and energy-efficient living environment, Ingleside Retirement Apartments is home to more than 200 low- and moderate- income seniors who are able to age in place with more than 30 on-site assistance and resident services.

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation in Jamaica Plain, Mass., for the Julia Martin House. An independent living community with comprehensive support services, the Julia Martin House provides 55 safe, universally designed one-bedroom apartments for formerly homeless and low-income seniors.

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PEP Housing in Petaluma Calif., for Casa Grande Senior Apartments. A Build-It-Green certified project, Casa Grande Senior Apartments is the first green-rated multifamily affordable housing community in Sonoma County. Due to the green enhancements, PEP Housing has been able to drastically reduce its electric and water usage while providing the nearly 60 senior residents with sound quality of life and healthy housing surroundings.

“This country is entering into a senior tsunami. By 2030 one out of every five Americans will be over the age of 65, with many in need of affordable housing,” said Melinda Pollack, vice president, vulnerable populations, of Enterprise Community Partners, which helped put the awards on with MetLife. “It is through the efforts of organizations like those we have honored today that our seniors will be able age in place with high quality of life.”