One of the unique features of NewHolly is the 318-unit Elder Village. Designed with the community's older residents in mind, the Village was developed in partnership with the Retirement Housing Foundation and Providence Health & Services, both of whom specialize in housing and elderly care.
The Elder Village consists of three facilities: The Retirement Housing Foundation's Esperanza Apartments and Park Place, and Providence's Peter Claver House.
The Elder Village takes advantage of a flat location and is adjacent to a new park, close to a grocery store, and near a transit stop. Community spaces allow residents to meet, interact, and participate in activities, including gardening. As residents age and are no longer able to live independently, supportive services and appropriate levels of care are available to them.
Esperanza Apartments and Park Place
Esperanza Apartments and Park Place provide 238 apartments that meet a range of needs for older residents. Esperanza has 84 one-bedroom, wheelchair accessible units for seniors. It also provides an independent living environment for residents 62 years and older who earn up to 60 percent of the area median income, as well as people 55 and older who have a verifiable disability.
Next to Esperanza is Park Place, licensed by the State of Washington to provide assisted living services. The 154-unit building offers assisted living for persons 62 and older who are no longer able to live independently. The Commons building, the center of the complex, has a large dining room overlooking an exterior courtyard, a club room, gift shop, computer room, fitness room, exam rooms, art studio, beauty shop, and offices around a sky-lit atrium cafe.
Seattle Housing Authority provides 100 Housing Choice Vouchers to bring the cost of Park Place within reach of very low-income residents.
Peter Claver House
Peter Claver House, an 80-unit apartment residence for independent seniors, is owned and managed by Providence Health & Services.
Providence emphasizes coordination in helping residents and their families obtain community-based services such as in-home assistance or nursing care, and financial assistance such as Medicare and Medicaid. Peter Claver House has a full-time manager to assist with this coordination.
Providence obtained a federal Section 202 grant for construction of Peter Claver House, the first time in many years that Section 202 funds have been awarded to a project in Seattle. Section 202 also provides operating subsidies that will keep the units affordable for low-income seniors for 40 years. Tenants pay the equivalent of 30 percent of their incomes for rent.