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Laconia Housing’s Sunrise House is a new idea

Updated: Jan 26, 2020

The construction of Laconia Housing’s new residence, Sunrise House, will be completed in September and opening 16 units in early 2020 providing housing and support services to residents with disabilities who are 62 and older. Sunrise House has been specifically constructed to provide amenities for seniors living with disabilities featuring an entrance ramp, an elevator making all floors accessible to people using wheelchairs, all units have roll-in showers and 50% of them have enough room for a person in a wheelchair accompanied by an assistant.

The construction that began in November of 2018 is coming to fruition. Almost all of the inside work is complete and “they are working on the siding and that is really making the outside look like what we had envisioned. It’s exciting to see the drawings come to life,” said Resident Service Manager Sara Constant.

Applicants have been impressed with the floor plans and accessibility. Tenants will be able to make food at home as their kitchens include a sink, refrigerator, cooktop, and microwave. The dining room on the ground floor also provides lunch and dinner daily. Shopping and restaurants are within walking distance and if a tenant needs a ride one can easily be arranged through support services. The staff works closely with DHHS, Disability Resource Center as well as ServiceLink Aging.

Families of potential tenants have been delighted to learn about the level of support their loved ones will receive while living independently. Laconia Housing’s newest residency is located on Main Street neighboring Sunrise Towers and creating a residential campus. The properties will share a parking lot and green space. Sunrise House residents will have access to a licensed nurse and nursing assistant as well as housekeeping staff and kitchen crew. Rent includes heat, air conditioning, electricity, hot water, and laundry facilities are available on the ground floor. Community gathering space is also available on the ground floor and there is a common room on every floor as well.

Sunrise House is a mixed-income project. Four units are available to moderate-income families and will be rented at market rates. $2,450 a month for a one-bedroom and $2,754 for a two-bedroom. There are 14 one-bedroom apartments of approximately 400 square feet and two two-bedroom apartments of approximately 800 square feet. 12 units are going to be rented to low-income seniors whose rent will be 30 percent of their income. Supportive services will be covered by Medicaid’s Choices for Independence (CFI.)

To apply click on Sunrise House or call 603-737-2232.

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