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Affordable housing development for seniors aims to help Muskegon residents “age well”

Artist rendering of new Samaritas building in Muskegon
Courtesy of Samaritas
Lambert Consulting
New facility in Muskegon will be Samaritas' 2nd in the city

In partnership with non-profit Samaritas, housing unit features 53-one-bedroom apartments with waterfront views

With new housing seen as a “top priority” for Muskegon officials, a new senior affordable residency development in the city’s downtown corridor has officially opened

Officials say, as the City of Muskegon has expanded, so has the need for more affordable housing near downtown to keep gentrification at bay.

And on Friday, officials cut the ribbon on a new, $12 million development, designed specifically for seniors.

The four-story building features 53 one-bedroom units starting at $270 per month.

And, according to nonprofit social services provider Samaritas, the units are nice inside, with modern appliances, big closets, a Juliet balcony and waterfront views.

Joel Lautenbach, executive director of affordable living development at Samaritas. He says the new housing is designed to give Muskegon Seniors a place to age with dignity.

“The location is in downtown Muskegon, you could walk to the farmers market, (or) there are other amenities like libraries, parks or the waterfront,” he said. “All these things create a high quality of life, and make sure that people, as they age, can age in place well.”

According to non-profit social services provider Samaritas, applicants must be 55 years or older, and earn 30%-70% of the Lakeshore’s median income, which translates to $15,000 to $35,000 per year for Muskegon residents.

Located at 785 Spring St., the property is a Low Income Housing Tax Credit project with an investment from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and other local investors.

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