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Mt. Nazareth Providing New Option for Senior Living

Apr 30, 2015 02:42PM ● Published by Shelly Tower Rushe

Completely renovated accommodations. Fully equipped kitchens. Wall-to-wall carpeting. Modern bathrooms. A beautiful campus. It might sound like a new high-rise or even an updated college campus, but it’s not. It’s a new, affordable senior-living community in Ross Township.

With 18 percent of the Allegheny County population over the age of 65, affordable housing options are becoming a necessity. That’s why the 89-year-old Mt. Nazareth Commons community in Ross Township is being completely overhauled—to the tune of $8 million—by Presbyterian SeniorCare in partnership with Presbyterian Senior Living. But the 42-unit community is meant to be more than just a place for seniors to live. 

Formerly the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, this senior community is situated at a distinctive vantage point. The intergenerational campus includes the Sisters, the Mt. Nazareth Learning Center (child day care) and Holy Family Manor Personal Care Home.

The apartments feature individual heat and air controls and an emergency call system. Community facilities include a common gathering area with a kitchen and community laundry facilities. On-site maintenance services will also be available. “There’s a lot of value added at this community,” said Jim Pieffer, senior vice president, Presbyterian SeniorCare. 

One of the most significant values is that all of Presbyterian SeniorCare services will be available to residents, enabling them to live in this location as long as possible. This ‘aging-in-place’ model will be supported by an on-site service coordinator who will work closely with each resident to determine his or her needs and make recommendations regarding that person’s health and services.

The other value is the cost. Apartment rents range from $615 to $886 per month, and include all utilities except phone and cable. The apartments are strictly for seniors who are 62 years old and older. In addition to the age requirement, applicants must meet the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) income guidelines which total $29,220 for a one-person household and $33,360 for a two-person household. 

Those interested in applying should call Mt. Nazareth Commons at 412-415-0475 to discuss eligibility and request an application. Apartments are first-come, first-served. “We are currently accepting applications and encouraging people to apply soon as we have had a tremendous response thus far,” said Pieffer.

Mt. Nazareth Commons is ahead of schedule, and will likely be ready for residents to move in before the first of July. Open houses are being scheduled during the month of May.

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