Mayor Pitches Plan to add more senior housing

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Mayor pitches plan to add more senior housing”

This plan will afford the opportunity for seniors to remain in Englewood as they advance in age rather than having to move to apartments outside of this area. I believe it is the responsiblity of the City to service those with specail needs.

Stay tuned to hear more on this plan.


Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood mayor pitches plan to add more senior housing

MAY 8, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014, 12:32 AM
ENGLEWOOD – With 30 percent of the city’s population expected to turn 65 years old during the next 20 years, the mayor is pitching a plan to develop more affordable housing to keep the aging residents within city limits.

“It’s important for those working and living in Englewood to have an opportunity to continue to age within Englewood and enjoy the fruits of what Englewood offers,” said Mayor Frank Huttle III.

The plan calls for eight to 12 units for individuals with special needs and 160 units for seniors ideally located within walking distance of the downtown, said Huttle.

Huttle wants the Englewood Housing Authority to help him identify land for those in the two subgroups. The initiative would provide housing in addition to Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) obligations.

The city currently has senior housing at the Vincente K. Tibbs Senior Citizen Building, a 152-unit facility managed by the Englewood Housing Authority.

Roughly 14 percent of residents are at least 65 years old, according to the 2010 census. Since 30 percent of the population is aged 45-64, demand for affordable senior housing will continue to increase, said Huttle.

The “graying” of Englewood’s population mirrors a national trend, according to the 2014 Master Plan. As residents age, they replace their larger homes with smaller housing units, such as an apartment or condominium.

Huttle would like seniors who have spent their entire lives in Englewood to “age in place” instead of moving to apartments in other towns.

“You don’t need a large, three-bedroom house [as you age],” said Huttle. “This is an opportunity to be in close proximity to walk to stores and truly see what Englewood has to offer in its downtown.”

Similar to the anticipated rise in senior housing, the need for special needs housing will increase with the upcoming closures of state-run developmental centers, said Huttle.

Two Northern New Jersey centers located in Totowa and Woodbridge are scheduled to cease operating on July 1 and Jan 1, 2015 respectively. Governor Christie has stated the closure will save $27 million, which he will redirect toward community housing.

Huttle said the city has the responsibility of serving those with special needs, the city’s “most needy” residents.

“People who live in supportive housing pay taxes, shop and work in local stores, and contribute to the vibrancy of our community,” said Huttle in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for our neighbors with special needs and an important step in addressing a deep need within our community.”


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