- Created: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:40
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
Despite a biting cold wind and October snowflakes, Mysa House project partners were all smiles in their hard hats and winter coats as they drove golden shovels into the ground to mark a tangible step forward in meeting Mora, Minnesota’s urgent need for affordable senior homes.
Over 50 people gathered to celebrate the 24-unit complex for which construction is now underway. Mysa House will be the latest addition to a senior living campus established in 2009 that includes a memory care complex, independent senior apartments, and space for gatherings and community events.
“Mysa House is a new chapter in a thriving senior community,” says Rose Dunn, Executive Director of the Mora HRA.
The construction of affordable senior housing has been a top priority of the Mora HRA for years. A 2014 housing study identified a need for nearly 70 affordable senior units through 2025 in the City of Mora. A regional study found that area seniors will need 2,761 units through 2025.
To chip away at that need, Dunn and her team at the Mora HRA partnered with local developer D.W. Jones and submitted an application for funding to Minnesota Housing last year. Mysa House was one of two projects in Minnesota to receive funding through Minnesota Housing’s Senior Pilot Program — and the first in the state to begin construction.
But Dunn says the project has faced a few major roadblocks. One of them was for the election of President Trump.