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Knight’s Court Apartments Grand Opening – June 27th 1-3PM

Exterior of Knight's Court Apartments
Exterior of Knight's Court Apartments
Posted June 26, 2013, at 5:04 p.m.

Knight’s Court Apartments

97 Court Street, Bangor

For immediate release:

Community Housing of Maine (CHOM) will be hosting a grand opening celebration at the Knight’s Court Apartments, a 7 unit supportive housing apartment building in Bangor. The event will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 1 – 3pm at 97 Court Street.

The property will be open to the public during this event, and refreshments will be served. Speakers will include DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, MaineHousing Deputy Director Peter Merrill, and Charlotte White Center Executive Director Richard Brown.

Knight’s Court Apartments provides affordable housing for adults with disabilities – targeting individuals with cerebral palsy or serious seizure disorders. This project offers an opportunity for young adults with cerebral palsy to move out of elderly nursing care facilities and into the community. Knight’s Court Apartments is located two blocks from the heart of downtown Bangor and its many amenities.

The new complex is comprised of seven fully handicapped accessible apartments, each with a private kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom, and a built-in lift system. There is a community room and laundry facility on site. Exterior doors are designed to automatically open for residents using a sensor system, allowing independent and autonomous access to the community.

The apartments at Knight’s Court create the opportunity for residents to live an independent life, with the support of credentialed staff on an as-needed basis. The Charlotte White Center (CWC) is the primary service provider, though residents are free to work with a provider of choice. CHOM partnered with CWC because of their history of excellence in personalized service provision.

“This project began because of several concerned parents whose children, despite being in their twenties with full intellectual capabilities, were placed in remote elderly nursing care facilities, some sharing rooms with people in their nineties with Alzheimer’s or dementia,” said Cullen Ryan, Executive Director of CHOM. “These parents were calling for something in the community, something where young people could be connected with each other and participate in their world. This story touched me and it touched people at the Charlotte White Center, and we decided to do something about it. This model will save the state money, and everyone is thrilled with their new homes!”

The parents worked with attorneys at the Disability Rights Center and were successful in changing the law so that people with physically disabling conditions would be eligible for services in the community. This allowed services to support the level of independence offered by Knight’s Court Apartments.

This brand new, state-of-the-art building was designed by David R. Merritt, AIA with guidance from Virdis Engineering, the Sparhawk Group, and Summit Environmental Consultants, Inc. Construction Management was provided by John Karnes with Bangor-based R & K Construction, Inc.

MaineHousing provided the financing for the project, and HUD is providing Section 8 rental assistance.

CHOM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that as its core mission provides advocacy, supportive housing, community inclusion, and stability for homeless and special needs populations across the state. CHOM is celebrating its 20th year. www.chomhousing.org

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Contacts: Cullen Ryan, Executive Director – 879-0347 cullen@chomhousing.org

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