CDS Monarch has been awarded $2.9 million dollars to open a new affordable senior living project, for seniors, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and veterans, age 55 years and older, in Webster, NY.

CDS Monarch was one of 10 projects from around that state that was awarded funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).

This new facility, will be a new construction on five acre site located directly north of CDS Monarch's headquarters at 860 Hard Road in the Town of Webster, NY. The building will have 50-units of affordable senior housing. The facility will include 46 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom units. Five units will be fully accessible for persons with physical disabilities including roll-in showers; two units will be fully adapted for persons with visual or hearing disabilities; and all other units will be adaptable. Fifteen units will be set-aside for seniors with physical or developmental disabilities. Residents will have access to CDS Monarch's Wolf Life Transition Center located on Hard Road which includes a therapeutic aquatics and fitness center, restaurant, and a variety of recreation therapies, such as art and music.

"This funding will allow CDS Monarch to further its mission of assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, veterans, and seniors to live and thrive in their communities," stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS President/CEO. "This new facility will offer affordable housing where people of all abilities can age in place while pursuing their dreams."

In addition to the $2.9 million dollar investment from HCR, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will provide support services rental assistance, as well as $1.11 million to support operations and services for the 10 units serving people with developmental disabilities. Support services will include vocational opportunities and training and access to physical and wellness activities. Fundraising efforts made by The Wolf Foundation have also resulted in an additional $100,000 contribution towards this project. CDS Monarch will coordinate and provide services to these populations and to any resident who requires assistance to secure gainful employment, age-in-place, and improve their quality of life. This project will inject $10.8 million into local economies.

Construction will begin on Hard Road in Webster in early 2014 and the facility should be operational in the Spring of 2015.

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