More than 30% of residents in Cherry Hill, NJ are over the age of 55 and yet a very small percentage of the region’s housing stock is available for rent or is affordable. Further, according to the New Jersey State Department of Developmental Disabilities, there are over 11,000 adults with developmental disabilities on waiting lists for stable housing.

For those reasons, Pennrose is thrilled to partner with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey to increase access to high-quality, affordable rental housing in Cherry Hill with Weinberg Commons. The new development will add 160 affordable units for seniors and adults with special needs. The hope is to allow seniors to age within the community where they have lived and worked and provide great opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to possibly live close to family supports in a service-rich environment.

A portion of the two-phase community will be designed to meet the specific needs of adults with developmental disabilities by creating four smaller “cottages” with shared common space. Each of the cottages will include four, 1-bedroom units so residents can enjoy the privacy and independence of their own home, while benefitting from easy access to supportive services offered in the shared areas.

In addition, services like home care, home-based nursing, health and wellness programming, meal programs, social work coordination, special needs programming and even arts and culture classes will be available to all residents. Some older adults have mobility issues or have trouble completing everyday tasks – like opening a cabinet or grasping a doorknob. These types of services are invaluable to residents so they can have the support they need to enjoy vibrant, active lifestyles.

As residents begin moving into their new homes this fall, they will also enjoy a number of on-site amenities, such as a community room, fitness center, computer lab, and on-site laundry facilities. Because the specific needs of all individuals are different, a range of housing options will be available to residents – whether they need lowered kitchen counters, wheel-in-showers or entrances without steps.

Phase two of Weinberg Commons is also going to include a commissary, where residents can shop for basic needs, learn job skills, or even volunteer.

At Pennrose, our priority is to transform lives through high-quality housing. We can only do this by creating residential communities that are designed to meet the specific needs of its residents. As one of the largest developers of affordable housing in the country, we have a long track record of developing communities that help residents lead their best lives, especially for seniors. In New Jersey, Pennrose operates several other senior housing communities, including City View Landing in Newark, Freedom Village in Peterson, Residence at Roosevelt Park in Edison and Pellettieri Homes in Trenton.

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