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Affordable Senior Housing Community Secures Funding for Modernization

Recent News | July 2, 2019


National Church Residences is furthering its commitment to northeast Ohio by preserving an affordable senior housing campus in the Mayflower Village neighborhood of Massillon. Construction is expected to begin on the $4 million project at Mayflower Apartments, in early 2020. Located at 424 Grosvenor Avenue Northwest, the substantial renovation of the 40-year-old senior community was made possible after the organization was selected to receive Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to help fund the project.

“Preserving safe, secure, affordable housing is more important than ever,” said Amy Rosenthal, director of affordable housing development at National Church Residences. “With the dramatic increase in the number of people turning 65 years old every day, we want to provide as many quality affordable apartments as we can, so seniors can live better and age in place.”

Mayflower Apartments in Massillon, Ohio

Originally built in 1979, Mayflower Apartments has yet to be rehabbed. National Church Residences acquired the property in May 2017 with the intention of updating the campus and keeping it as a lifelong asset.

“We’re excited National Church Residences is reinvesting in a campus that provides safe, affordable housing options for seniors in our community,” said Kathy Catazaro-Perry, mayor of the City of Massillon. “We look forward to continuing our partnership on this project to improve and advance opportunities for seniors in our city.”

Mayflower Apartments provides 25 one-bedroom units to seniors age 62 and older. All units benefit from a project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment contract, which limits rent to 30 percent of a household’s adjusted income, ensuring that all residents can enjoy an affordable place to call home.

Architecture firm Berardi Partners designed the upgrades to Mayflower Apartments that include a recreation area, improved lighting on the campus grounds, additional walking paths, a new roof, as well as a common area patio equipped with a pavilion.

Its location is ideal, as the campus is situated less than one mile from downtown Massillon and across the street from a grocery store, pharmacy and public bus stop. In addition, a health center and urgent care facility also are located nearby.

At this time, National Church Residences has more than 1,300 apartments in 16 communities in northeast Ohio, not including our most recent project in Youngstown. Currently under construction, Broadway Park will offer 60 affordable apartments to seniors when the project is completed later this year.

About National Church Residences

National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 25 states, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. The organization also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, as well as permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit us at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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