Weekly Feature



2015-01-08 / Business

United Church Manor opens new community room

by JENNIFER WATERS
Editor


Renovation renderings, like the one above, show the new community room and library which will open at United Church Manor Saturday, Jan. 10 to residents. Renovation renderings, like the one above, show the new community room and library which will open at United Church Manor Saturday, Jan. 10 to residents. Renovations are almost complete at United Church Manor and the community is invited to get a first look at the project.

An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at United Church Manor, 50 North Ave., with a room blessing at 2 p.m.

Residents and prospective tenants will be able to view the new dining room, community room, library and conference room, as well as tour the facility and the available units.

Property Manager Karen Zmich said there is one major change she is excited about for incoming tenants.

“We just received an age waiver from HUD and can now take applications from age 55 and older that meet our eligibility income,” she said.

Previously, the eligibility requirement was age 62 and older.


A new dining and social hall are part of the United Church Manor renovation, as seen in the above rendering, giving residents an area to socialize and more seating for meals. A new dining and social hall are part of the United Church Manor renovation, as seen in the above rendering, giving residents an area to socialize and more seating for meals. Rent is based on income and is set at a rate of 30 percent. Each unit includes heat, water and appliances. Van service is available twice a month, taking residents to nearby stores, banks and medical offices.

Zmich said the Erie County nutrition program provides hot lunches for seniors 60 and older for a suggested donation of $3. The meal program is open to the general public.

“We never had a lounge space before so now we have a place for people to watch TV and use the Wii, meet with their neighbors, converse, and have social time in that space,” she said. “In the other space we have additional room for dining, with new tables and chairs for our meal program.”

The facility also provides a utility allowance for electric, two television options, laundry on site, an elevator, and residents are allowed one fur-bearing pet per unit.

The renovation to add a meeting room, library, computer with Internet access, and a lounge was privately funded, coupled with the age waiver, available units will likely move fast, according to Zmich.

“Now that we have age waiver it’s a huge deal. There are a lot of individuals in our community with low incomes and not a lot of affordable housing opportunities,” Zmich said. “We are accepting applications.”

Applications for housing can be obtained by calling United Church Manor at 668-5804, or online at www.ucmanor.org.

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