Pennrose Opens $20M Village at Harmony Garden in Glassboro, New Jersey

by Jeff Shaw

GLASSBORO, N.J. — Pennrose, The Housing Authority of the Borough of Glassboro (GHA), Gloucester County and other project partners have opened Village at Harmony Garden, an affordable seniors housing community in Glassboro, 20 miles south of Philadelphia.

The $20M redevelopment transformed the 10-acre site that was the Ellis Manor public housing complex into 64 affordable apartments with supportive services for residents age 55 and older, as well as individuals with disabilities, and one resident superintendent unit.

Village at Harmony Garden includes a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments in one-story, cottage-style buildings. All 65 units are fully adaptable, with 14 apartments accessible to residents with physical disabilities and eight units accessible to residents with hearing and vision disabilities. Additionally, 13 apartments were set aside for non-age-restricted individuals with developmental disabilities and four will be set aside for individuals over 55 with developmental disabilities.

All apartments are available to those earning at or below 50 percent of the area median income of Gloucester County, which comes out to $39,100 for a single-person household.

Residents have access to a 2,908-square-foot community building with a community room, fitness room and supportive services center. The community is Energy Star certified.

All apartments at Village at Harmony Garden will have rent supported by GHA project-based vouchers. Pennrose also partnered with PennReach to provide on-site supportive services.

Financing partners include the New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Bank of America, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, County of Gloucester, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and the Borough of Glassboro.

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