Pathfinder Services broke ground on three new Supported Independent Living homes on Wednesday located at 1761 Ash Street in Huntington for 12 individuals served by Pathfinder Community Supports.
Each home will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and provide a separate entrance and studio bedroom area for each of four individuals. Staff support will be provided as needed. The new homes are made possible through a grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Program through 1st Source Bank, a member bank of FHLBI. Additional funding is from NeighborWorks America.
Each tenant will have a separate bedroom suite that includes a bedroom area, small living area, and private bathroom. The tenants in each house will share a common living area, kitchen, laundry room, and porch/patio space. The homes will be a single family, one story accessible ranch style to accommodate tenants’ existing disabilities and those likely to develop as the tenants age in place.
“The homes have been designed specifically to provide an individual living space for individuals with developmental disabilities that we serve while allowing them to choose whether to use the supported common space to meet the needs,” stated John Niederman, President of Pathfinder Services. “These three homes are scheduled to open in 2014 and will provide fully accessible housing for twelve of the individuals we serve through our organization. We are extremely excited about this opportunity to provide a unique space that fosters independence while providing on-site support to enable our clients the greatest freedom as they age in place. We are very appreciative for the support from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, 1st Source Bank, NeighborWorks America and our community partners,” Niederman concluded.
Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, Lyle Juillerat from 1st Source Bank, Ray Bates from Dirt Excavating, Jim and Jamie Lancia from Lancia Homes, Joe Humbert-the architect for the properties, Bryn Keplinger from Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, Anthony Goodnight from the City of Huntington, John Niederman-Pathfinder Services President, Jan Baumgartner-Director of Pathfinder Community Connections, Sandy Wing- Senior Director of Pathfinder Community Supports, Chris Kauffman-Grant Development & Outcome Measurement Director, and Tim Federspiel-Maintenance & Construction Manager, all were in attendance at the ground breaking.