Two Washington County agencies partnering on affordable housing project for seniors

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Two Washington County agencies are working together to address senior housing issues in the county.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council and Washington County Job and Family services are collaborating to build low-income housing for seniors.

County commissioners approved a $40,000 request in January for the two groups to put together an application for state tax credits that could pay for the entire project.

"Affordable housing for seniors, a community and having social services and services that JFS provides," Buckeye Hills assistant executive director Rick Hindman said, "and that the area agency provides, having those services as a wrap-around for that community, that residential area would keep people out of the nursing home much longer because they wouldn't have that isolation and a lot of those issues they would have out in a rural area."

The project is still in its early planning phase. Buckeye Hills officials said this project could serve as a model for future senior housing developments in other counties it serves throughout Ohio.