The intersection of affordable housing and services is a top priority for Columbus, Ohio-based National Church Residences (NCR).
The nation's largest nonprofit provider of seniors affordable housing, NCR owns 250 affordable housing developments serving the nation's most vulnerable populations— seniors, formerly homeless, and families.
The organization also owns fullscale continuing care communities ranging from independent living to skilled nursing care.
NCR is cognizant of the growing seniors population—the number of disabled seniors is expected to double by 2030—and the associated care costs for the residents and the public.
“We think affordable housing with services is a big part of the solution,” says Thomas Slemmer, president and CEO of NCR.
Focus will also continue on housing the formerly homeless and providing those residents with the services they need to stabilize their lives.
In 2010, NCR opened its third supportive-housing development, The Commons at Buckingham, which serves low-income and formerly homeless individuals in Columbus.
This June, 50 apartments at The Commons at Livingston in Columbus will not only provide housing for disabled or formerly homeless veterans, but will also provide therapy, education, drug abuse counseling, and other support services.
The nonprofit also has two supportive-housing developments in the pipeline in Columbus and Atlanta and is working with the city of Cincinnati to develop one there.