Construction is underway on Cornerstone Creek, a 45-unit affordable housing development in Golden Valley, Minn.
Project sponsors say it will be the first in the state to employ a supportive housing model for adults with developmental disabilities.
“Our goal is to create a setting where residents have control of their own space and resources, but also have meaningful opportunities to engage in the broader community,” said Barb Herstig, executive director of Jewish Housing and Programming (J-HAP), the nonprofit organization spearheading the project, in a statement.
On-site programming will be provided, but staff will also coordinate transportation as needed so residents can engage in activities of their choice off-site.
Herstig said the time is right to consider new housing models for people with developmental disabilities. Since institutionalization ended in the 1970s, a majority of adults with developmental disabilities have lived at home with a parent or relative. But a quarter of these caregivers are now 60 years or older and will increasingly need care themselves.
One of the most important features J-HAP offers is choice, according to Herstig. Unlike group homes and some scattered-site housing, Cornerstone Creek will provide each resident control over their own lease and the choice of who will provide their personal, homemaking, respite, and daily living support services.
Families and friends of the residents will experience increased peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe, thriving and living more independently, added Linda Bialick, J-HAP president and founder.
“Cornerstone Creek addresses the overwhelming parental concern of knowing their adult child will continue to live a secure lifestyle, in the event they are no longer able to care for them,” she said.
Community Housing Development Corp. (CHDC) is J-HAP's development partner on the project. In addition to helping secure financing, CHDC is leading the construction effort and will own and operate the property.
The approximately $11 million development is expected to be completed early next year.
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp. (USBCDC) has invested $8.7 million in loans and equity from low-income housing tax credits to help build the community.
"Cornerstone Creek is a great example of a faith community taking care of disabled individuals with some unmet needs,” said Vihar Sheth, senior vice president of USBCDC, a U.S. Bank subsidiary. “We were happy to become part of the partnership that will provide safe, affordable housing for disabled residents who want to live independently and have fuller social interactions."
While Cornerstone Creek will welcome people of all religious and cultural backgrounds, J-HAP aims to create an environment in which people with Jewish customs will feel comfortable.
The organization is raising $3 million of the $13 million total development cost to fund amenities, including a community space, spirituality center, kosher kitchen, resident lounges, and guest suites.