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Four new Supportive Housing sites open in Franklin County

Supportive Housing is a program of LifePath that assists residents who reside in housing complexes for elders and persons with disabilities to “age in place.”

May 2015 Supportive Housing PP photoThe residents of Stoughton Place in Gill had their first community lunch on Tuesday, April 14, to become acquainted with the chef and sample the food. "People loved the food," says Susan Manatt, Supportive Housing Coordinator. "We hope to have a meals program going at all the sites eventually."In late 2014, LifePath added four new Supportive Housing sites: Highland Village in Shelburne Falls with 46 units, Squakheag Village in Northfield with 20 units, Stoughton Place in Gill with 14 units, and Stratton Manor in Bernardston with 20 units.

Elm Terrace in Greenfield with 108 units was LifePath’s first Supportive Housing site.

Susan Manatt, formerly employed in LifePath’s Elder Protective Services program, has become the Supportive Housing Coordinator for the new sites. Her role, Susan says, is to “assist residents with care coordination, accessing benefits, and making referrals to help people access programs and services which they many need to help them be able to stay in their homes for as long as possible.”

These services may include case management; adult day programs; assistance with personal care, grocery shopping, and meal preparation; home safety adaptations; housekeeping and laundry; memory disorder consultation; personal emergency response systems; supervision and companionship; transportation to medical appointments; a 24-hour emergency hotline; bill paying assistance; medication management; and more.

Some of the sites offer a daily meal served in the community room. A weekly exercise class is available as well as educational programs and other social activities such as card playing and games. Holiday celebrations occur throughout the year.

To apply for a unit at Elm Terrace, submit an application to: Greenfield Housing Authority, One Elm Terrace, Greenfield, MA 01301; to request an application, call 413-774-2932 or visit www.greenfieldhousing.org.

For the other four sites, submit an application to: Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 42 Canal Rd, Turners Falls, MA 01376; to request an application, call 413-863-9781 or visit www.fcrhra.org.

The Massachusetts Supportive Housing Program, a collaboration of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is available in 41 senior public housing sites statewide and serves 6,360 senior residents.

To contact LifePath, call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or send us email.