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HUD's Section 202 Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

[Photo 1: (l-r) HUD Deputy Regional Director Deborah Griswold, Lois Haugen, Maltese Cross Manor Secretary Sandra K. Stewart, the State Director for US Senator Michael Bennet, Rosemary Rodriguez, the congressional Liaison for Congresswoman Diana Degette, Ms. Karly Malpiede, Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia (District 1), Denver Firefighters’ Housing, Inc. Administrator, Robert Haugen, Denver Firefighters' Housing, Inc. Board President Raymond Haugen, and HUD Multifamily Hub Director Marcie LaPorte.]
(l-r) HUD Deputy Regional Director Deborah Griswold, Lois Haugen, Maltese Cross Manor Secretary Sandra K. Stewart, the State Director for US Senator Michael Bennet, Rosemary Rodriguez, the congressional Liaison for Congresswoman Diana Degette, Ms. Karly Malpiede, Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia (District 1), Denver Firefighters’ Housing, Inc. Administrator, Robert Haugen, Denver Firefighters’ Housing, Inc. Board President Raymond Haugen, and HUD Multifamily Hub Director Marcie LaPorte.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of HUD's Section 202 Program, which provides supportive, safe, and affordable housing for our country's low income senior citizens. In December 2009, HUD's Denver staff joined residents at two exemplary Section 202 properties in Denver and Longmont, Colorado, to celebrate this significant milestone to help build safe affordable housing for seniors. The properties span from one of the oldest developments (Maltese Cross Manor built in 1966), to one the newest (the Lodge at Hover Crossing built in 2009). Both were funded, in part, with HUD Section 202 funding. Between the two properties, more than 200 low income seniors are enjoying a higher quality living environment. In the 50 years since Congress passed the Housing Act of 1959, when the Section 202 Program was established, more than 8,000 housing developments have been built nationwide, creating almost 400,000 units of affordable housing for seniors. In Colorado, there are currently 75 properties and 2,548 units that receive Section 202 funding for the elderly.

[Photo 2: Eria L. Copeland talks about her experience living at Maltese Cross Manor for the past 14 years.]
Denver Firefighters' Housing, Inc. Administrator Robert Haugen encourages resident Erla L. Copeland as she speaks about her experience living in Maltese Cross Manor for the past 14 years.

At each of these 50th Anniversary recognition events, HUD officials presented a certificate of appreciation to the building owners for their respective contributions to the success of the Section 202 Program. Local leaders and congressional staff members came out to show their support for each of these developments and to demonstrate their commitment to affordable housing for the elderly. In Longmont, Mayor Brian Baum commended the Longmont Housing Authority saying, "the work you do is so important to making the City of Longmont a strong community." In Denver, City Councilman Rick Garcia said that "he is proud to represent the wide array of neighborhoods in Northwest Denver" and commended the Maltese Cross Manor for their years of contributions to the city. Residents shared how their lives have been improved because of where they live now. Erla L. Copeland shared her personal experiences about living at Maltese Cross Manor, saying "I couldn't imagine a better place to live." The events served as an excellent opportunity for an exchange between the residents and HUD, so that the residents could learn more about HUD's role and HUD staff could learn more about the difference they are making in the residents' personal lives.

 

Content Archived: October 24, 2013

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