Ribbon Cut Wednesday At MCHA Senior Homes

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Exactly 365 days after the ground-breaking ceremony, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Montgomery County Senior Homes on Bluff Street in Hillsboro on Wednesday afternoon, June 7.

The project to demolish 37 old housing units–10 in Hillsboro, 13 in Nokomis and 14 in Witt–began with a ground-breaking on June 8, 2016.

"I'm happy to report we are 100 percent full at all three sites," Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) CEO Kelly Moroney said during the ribbon-cutting.  

The $7.3 million project was funded almost entirely from the sale of tax credits to corporations who need them.  

Only $150,000 of the total was contributed by the MCHA through their U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Audra Hamernik, who works out of Chicago, was present last year for the ground-breaking and returned Wednesday for the ribbon-cutting.

"It's fun to talk to your residents and see how much they love it," Hamernik said, pointing out that 22 percent of the population in Montgomery County his just reaching retirement age, making senior housing a continued priority.

Mike Niehaus of Windsor Development Group of Springfield, general contractor, said the completed project is the fifth in which he has worked with MCHA, and thanked Congressman Rodney Davis who sent a representative to the ceremony.

Hillsboro Commissioner Don Downs called the project "a great improvement" and looked forward to continued cooperation between the city and housing authority.

Moroney thanked housing authority staff and recognized board members Joyce Matthews, Amy Patton, Deanne Jones, Ken Durbin and Chairman Dan Hough, and former board members Mike Fleming and Harold Lankutis.

Those present toured the unites, each either one or two bedroom complete with appliances.  Each is heated by in-floor radiant heat and cooled by central air, and each is all on one level, from garage to apartment to front porch.  First preference for residence goes to qualified tenants age 62 and older, second preference to those age 55 and older, and remaining vacancies go to those of any age.  Federal HUD income eligibility guidelines apply.

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