Volunteers of America Opens Affordable Housing Community for Low-Income Seniors on Peaks Island, Maine

Aug 26, 2005, 01:00 ET from Volunteers of America

    PEAKS ISLAND, Maine, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Volunteers of America today
 showcased its new Fay Garman House for low-income seniors on Peaks Island,
 Maine, at a grand opening at the Fay Garman housing community.  The 12-unit
 Fay Garman housing community represents Volunteers of America's first effort
 to provide quality, affordable housing for seniors on Peaks Island.
     "As one of the largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing,
 Volunteers of America is committed to providing low-income seniors in Maine
 and around the country with a decent and affordable place to live," Volunteers
 of America National President and CEO Charles Gould said.  "By creating new
 housing communities and preserving existing properties, Volunteers of America
 is moving aggressively to combat the nation's affordable housing crisis."
     The Fay Garman housing community was designed to provide affordable,
 independent living for seniors, and was named in honor of Fay Garman, a Peaks
 Island resident and affordable housing advocate.  The housing community is
 connected to the new Peaks Island Health Center that was created to meet the
 long-term health care needs of the island's residents and visitors.  Peaks
 Island has a population of about 1,000 year-round residents and is located in
 Casco Bay, approximately three miles from Portland.  Residents of Fay Garman
 House must be at least 62 years old and the head of a household, and have an
 income that cannot exceed $22,550 (or $25,750 for a couple).  Volunteers of
 America owns and operates a total of six affordable housing communities in
 Maine that provide a home to over 200 low-income seniors.  Nationally,
 Volunteers of America owns and operates more than 250 affordable housing
 communities in 31 states that are home to more than 20,000 people.
     "We are proud to be a leader in providing high quality, affordable housing
 to Maine seniors," said Volunteers of America Northern New England President
 and CEO June Koegel.  "This new facility will offer seniors who live on Peaks
 Island with the option of remaining on their island home and continuing to be
 active participants in this unique community."
     The event was held at the Fay Garman House at 89 Central Avenue on Peaks
 Island.  In addition to Gould and Koegel, speakers included the Honorable John
 Richardson, speaker of the house, Maine House of Representatives; the
 Honorable William R. Gorham, member, Portland City Council; Joseph Gray, Jr.,
 city manager, Portland; Dale McCormick, director, Maine State Housing
 Authority; William Burney, field office director for Maine, U.S. Department of
 Housing and Urban Development; Kay Taylor, board president, Peaks Island
 Health Center; Jerry Garman, president, Peaks Island Housing Committee; and
 Marianne Jaffe, a resident of Fay Garman House.
     "Our senior citizens should never have to worry about being able to afford
 a safe and decent place to live," said Burney.  "Providing funding for
 developments such as Fay Garman is one way we can give back to a generation
 that has given us so much."
     Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually based
 organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for
 individual and community involvement.  Volunteers of America served nearly 2
 million people last year.  For more than 100 years, Volunteers of America has
 promoted self-sufficiency, fostered independence and encouraged the positive
 development of children and youth, the elderly, homeless individuals and
 families, and many others.  For more information about Volunteers of America,
 visit http://www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.

SOURCE Volunteers of America