Lakewood Christian Manor Celebrates HomeFlex Vouchers

(L-R) Catherine Buell, President and CEO at Atlanta Housing Authority and Michelle Norris, Executive Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at National Church Residences. Photo: SharVon Warren

Atlanta, GA – On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, residents at National Church Residences’ Lakewood Christian Manor, a 250-unit independent senior-living community celebrated being awarded 199 Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) vouchers under the HomeFlex Program from the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA).

"Many of our residents were losing rent subsidies due to an expiration of a long standing HUD program," said National Church Residences Executive Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives Michelle Norris. "AHA saved the day with long-term vouchers for the community."

"AHA is proud to support Lakewood Christian Manor residents," said Catherine Buell, president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority. "Continuity of housing subsidy for 199 of Atlanta’s senior households is in direct alignment with AHA’s mission and the reason for the work we do every day."

The celebration took place in Chapman Hall located at Lakewood Christian Manor at 2141 Springdale Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30315. The event began with a heartfelt welcome from Executive Vice President Norris and congratulatory remarks were given by Catherine Buell, AHA President and CEO. Nearly 200 guests and residents enjoyed the celebration, which also included a video presentation, lunch, and entertainment.

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The rental-based vouchers will allow current residents to maintain their rents at an affordable rate not to exceed 30% of their monthly income. PBRA vouchers will also allow Lakewood Christian Manor property management the ability to increase services in security, maintenance, and building improvements.

About National Church Residences
National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 27 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest employer of service coordinators. It also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, and permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled.

For questions about the celebration, please contact Sojourner Marable Grimmett, Director of External Affairs, Atlanta Region for National Church Residences at (404) 783-3522 or sgrimmett@nationalchurchresidences.org.

About Atlanta Housing Authority

The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia (AHA) is the largest housing authority in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. AHA provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for nearly 22,000 low-income households comprised of approximately 50,000 people. These affordable housing resources include AHA-owned residential communities, AHA-sponsored mixed-income, mixed-finance residential communities, tenant-based vouchers, HomeFlex (project based rental assistance), supportive housing arrangements and homeownership opportunities. AHA’s programs are funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD").

Visit Atlanta Housing Authority at www.atlantahousing.org or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @HousingAtlanta.

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