COCAA Seminole Development Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, closed on their Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202, Supportive Housing for the Elderly program Oct. 20.


COCAA Seminole Development Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, closed on their Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202, Supportive Housing for the Elderly program Oct. 20.

The 202 project will help expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly within Seminole County.

It provides very low-income elderly, 62 and older, with options that allow them to live independently, but in an environment that provides some support options such as community interaction, on-site laundry services, transportation and more.

COCAA, the sponsoring agency, in collaboration with Westchester Development applied for the funding in 2009, received notice of award in 2010, and will begin work at the site (1150 Roesler Boulevard in Seminole) on Monday, October 24.

A ground-breaking ceremony is tentatively slated to be held at 11:00 a.m., Nov. 7, 2011 at the building site with a reception following at the Reynolds Wellness Center.

According to Clarissa Sydnor, executive director of Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, “Seminole was selected as the site for the development of the 202 project because of the significant need.”

Over 16 percent of the people 62 and over have incomes under the poverty level in Seminole County, which is almost three percent higher than the state average.

The 202 project, Autumn Ridge, will consist of 12, one bedroom units, a community facility, a safe room and a two-bedroom apartment for an on-site manager.

COCAA and COCAA Seminole Development look forward to the completion of the project and the opportunity to provide affordable supportive housing for the elderly in Seminole County.