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Lee Jones
(804) 771-2100 ext. 3743
For Release
October 19, 2005

Arlington's Volunteers of America wins $5.7 million HUD Grant to convert building into 52-unit assisted living residence for elderly & persons with disabilities

WASHINGTON - Elderly Americans in Arlington, Virginia will soon find themselves living in upgraded apartments equipped to meet their physical needs thanks to a $5.7 million Assisted Living Conversion Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Today's award will permit Volunteers of America in Arlington to convert the unused Oak Springs commercial building
at 2000 South 5th Street in Arlington into a 52-unit residence providing supportive services to low-income residents age 50 or older who have mental health or cognitive disabilities.

This is the first time that a Virginia organization has won a HUD Assisted Living Conversion Grant and is one of just
12 grants worth a total of $22.1 million awarded by HUD in this year's Assisted Living Conversion grant competition.
In addition to the Virginia grant, there were also grants awarded in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania

"These grants will provide an affordable option to nursing home placement for elderly persons," said HUD Regional Director Guy Ciarrocchi. "They will allow the elderly an opportunity to remain in familiar and comfortable surroundings and not have to move from their surroundings as they become older and need supportive services."

Assisted living facilities are designed to accommodate low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who can live independently but need assistance with activities of daily living, such as assistance with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and home management activities. These affordable facilities provide support services such as personal
care, transportation, meals, and housekeeping.

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis. During the review process, items taken into consideration
included: the extent to which the conversion is needed by the persons that the project is intended to serve; the quality and effectiveness of the proposal in addressing the proposed conversion including the meals and supportive services which the project intends to provide; the ability of the project owner to secure other community resources which can be combined with the grant to achieve the program's purposes; as well as the capacity of the project owner to carry out the conversion in a timely and effective manner.

Since the funds awarded under the Assisted Living Conversion Program do not cover the costs of these services,
the project owners must provide the service funds either directly or through a third party. The projects receiving funding today will be providing services through a number of sources including their State Home Health Care
programs, State Assisted Living Services funds, Congregate Housing Services Program funds, Service Coordinator funds and private grants and donations.

The Arlington Volunteers of America Supportive Services Plan (SSP) includes provisions for three meals and two snacks per day based on individual dietary needs, house keeping, personal care services, counseling services,
social activities and the administration of medication under the general supervision of a nurse. The SSP documents financial support from the Department of Human Services to provide an auxiliary grant to enable the residents to
pay the established assisted living facility rate. It is anticipated that all of the residents will qualify for this grant funding. DHS also provided a written commitment to provide $880,914, should the Arlington VOA successfully
compete for the Fiscal Year 2005 ALCP funds.

The owners are responsible for ensuring that converted units meet all local standards, codes and regulations governing assisted living facilities. The projects must also be licensed and regulated by the appropriate governing body.

When completed, the Arlington facility will be fully handicapped accessible. Renovation will include emergency response systems including 24 hour a day on-site staff to respond to the residents' needs, at least one cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified staff member and emergency pull cords in all bedrooms and bathrooms. Other features to ensure the residents' safety against fire include duct smoke detectors and a sprinkler system.

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