“It strikes me that what you really need most is input about the physical structures of HUD housing.  You units with their private little porches goes a long way towards improving the more clinical coldness of some facilities.  The other answer of course depends on the residents themselves.  It is so important that they do not feel they have come to a place to die, the stopping off place to live, make new friends, start new activities appropriate to their present capabilities and if somehow some of these activities can be arranged for them there, either through HUD employees or depending largely on volunteerism, both within and outside the facility.  What’s important is to engender an atmosphere that energizes, activates, enlivens.  Is that too much to expect?

       For those who can no longer financially or physically maintain former residences but who wish to remain independent, HUD housing is the answer.  One has the feeling of having their own space, however much privacy they require and yet are surrounded  by neighbors of similar circumstances.  Transportation for shopping is available; as are visiting nurses’ monthly visits if required.  No more worries about lawn maintenance, snow removal or fuel deliveries, and when electrical service is interrupted during major
storms; generators quickly restore power.  When all of these concerns are eliminated, one is free to pursue their own interests and to take whatever degree of rest they require.  Whether family members live close by or are geographically distanced, they can rest assured that mom and dad are in a comfortable place that meets so many of their needs.”

Resident of Beckley House, Canaan, CT


CHC Subdivision

Grant Application Feasibility Site plan Submittal

Round 1 Design Committee: Site plan 8/24/10