Northern Kentucky adds 96 more units of affordable housing for seniors

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A 96-unit affordable senior housing facility has opened its doors in Hebron. 

Sparrow Ridge has 36 one-bedroom and 60 two-bedroom apartments, a playroom for grandkids, a craft room, a bocce ball court, a covered patio with grills and green space.

The senior living facility houses residents ages 55 and older.

Just a month after opening, only 36 units remain to be rented.

The Kentucky Housing Corporation reported investing more than $12 million in housing credits this year, including $1.5 million on this project, assisting 70,759 families or individuals with rental assistance and helping 3,339 households buy a home.

“For many seniors on a fixed income, affordable housing is a rare commodity,” a news release from Kentucky Housing Corporation said. “In communities without it, seniors may sacrifice independence or comfort for security and accessibility. With Sparrow Ridge and projects like it, Kentucky Housing Corporation and its partners aim to change that.”

At the grand opening on Aug. 25, residents spoke about what the new facility means to them.

Linda Alexander said she had wanted to move to Northern Kentucky to be closer to her family, but she could not find a place she could afford on her fixed income.

“I called around, looked around, for affordable housing in this area, and there was none,” Alexander said. “The prices were outrageous.”

When Sparrow Ridge opened, she was one of the first residents to move in.

“If I had the money to plan for retirement, this is where I would be,” Alexander said.

Barbara Boeckman came to Sparrow Ridge after the loss of her husband. 

“My husband passed away five years ago, and ever since, I have been struggling like crazy,” Boeckman said. “I had to put my house, the mortgage, on deferral for a year and a half. I could not pay it. I was having trouble just paying my bills.”

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Eventually, she sold her house and moved into Sparrow Ridge, “It feels so comfortable,” she said about her apartment. “So, homey.”

A video of the grand opening ceremony can be found here.

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