Franklin residents and town officials had long been aware of their town’s need for affordable senior housing. In this small town of under 1,000 people, older homeowners with fixed incomes who could no longer maintain their homes were unable to find affordable apartments in town.
Franklin Housing Authority (FHA) identified available land and gained support for the project from local officials and their neighbors. Housing Connections staff helped the community survey the number of seniors who needed affordable housing in order to gauge the appropriate size of the complex. During the development process, FHA joined forces with Access Agency and became Access Senior Housing of Franklin, a nonprofit entity that managed the senior housing development.
Elisha Brook Senior Housing was successfully completed in 2012 and now offers 27 homes to residents over the age of 62 with income at or below 50 percent of the state median.
The total development cost was $5.5 million funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 program with supplemental funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.