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New affordable housing in Lehigh Acres gets started

By MELISSA BILL - | Sep 30, 2020



Faith Homes of Lehigh held a ground breaking event on Sept. 22, to celebrate its new, 54-unit affordable housing community. The over 55 years-of-age community will be located next to Woodward Manor in Lehigh Acres located at 1301 Woodward Court in Lehigh Acres.

The groundbreaking was attended by the Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation of Florida, Inc. executive director and staff members of existing Lehigh Acres communities, members of their Board of Directors, and representatives from their architectural and engineering firm, and the builder’s vice president of development and its project executive.

A short ceremony was held prior to the ceremony, where Deje Wray Peterson, Executive Director for Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation of Florida, Inc. spoke, alongside Board of Directors President Jim Wilson. Project Architect, Bob Sanford of RG Architects, also took a few minutes to speak briefly about the buildings’ design.

According to Kaitlyn Meyer, Corporate Relations Manager for Presbyterian Homes & Housing, construction of Faith Homes will begin in mid-October and it will take approximately 12 months to complete.

“When completed Faith Homes of Lehigh will be for low-income seniors, ages 55 and up,” Meyer said. “There is a great need for affordable housing in Lehigh Acres. Our existing communities (Villas of Lehigh, Homes of Lehigh, Homes of South Florida and Woodward Manor) consist of 488 units collectively and each has a waitlist and maintains over 99 percent occupancy year-round. By offering another 54 affordable units, we hope to house around 70 low-income seniors.”

Faith Homes will be the fifth over 55 year-old community to be developed by Presbyterian Homes and Housing Foundation of Florida in the Leigh Acres community. The communities offers studios, one and two-bedroom apartments and private rear patios. Laundry centers are located onsite and all residents can also utilize the free Wi-Fi, activities and events in the multipurpose room located at Woodward Manor.

The builder for Faith Homes of Lehigh is Altman-Charter Company. The Project Executive is Stephen Horn and the VP of Development is Eddie Stechschulte. Alman-Charter is based out of St. Louis, Missouri and specializes in the construction of multifamily and senior housing.

According to Meyer, the overall mission of Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation of Florida is to provide safe, affordable, senior housing to the residents of Lehigh Acres.

For more information on Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation of Florida visit: www.phhf.com