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May 02. 2013 10:50PM

Lancaster affordable housing complex set to open

LANCASTER - An agency that specializes in providing assistance to New Hampshire residents, including helping them find a place to live at a reasonable rent, is preparing to open 20 units of affordable housing in Lancaster.

Southern New Hampshire Services will place the first of its new tenants - age 62 and older - in Ice Pond Village next month. The $3 million project got its start about five years ago when SNHS administrators identified Lancaster as a community "much in need of affordable rental housing for its seniors," the administrators said in a news release.

The one-bedroom apartments for single residents and couples offer 540 square feet of living space with a kitchen, bathroom, walk-in shower and closet space.

The homes are aimed at individuals with an annual income of about $24,000, and couples with a combined income of about $27,000, administrators said in the release.

Monthly rents are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and are designed to offer residents a payment well below market rate, according to administrators.

The building, on a six-acre site near Ice Pond, is also near the intersection of Routes 2 and 3, not far from downtown Lancaster.

The architect was David White of Goffstown, and Cheshire Builders of Swanzey was general contractor for the project.

Anyone wishing to apply for a unit should contact Regina Buteau at 603-968-3063 or rbuteau@snhs.org.

Administrators say SNHS's goals include providing activities designed to assist low-income participants in their efforts to secure and retain meaningful employment, attain an adequate education, and make better use of available income.



rhookway@newstote.com


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