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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Reservations Being Taken For Independent Senior Housing Project

News Release
For Immediate Release

PRG (Powderhorn Residents Group, Inc.)
2017 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Carrie Williams-Noren

GLBT Generations
Contact: Barbara Satin

October 15, 2006

Reservations Being Taken For
Independent Senior Housing Project

Senior housing in an environment welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people takes a step closer to reality in the Twin Cities. Persons 55 and older will begin registering for space in the Spirit on Lake Co-op Housing project to be constructed at 13th and Lake Streets in Minneapolis.

The independent living development features 41 units of high quality cooperative housing which will have a wide range of prices. The City of Minneapolis has already committed a significant amount of funding toward creating low-to-moderate income units within the project.

The project is being developed by PRG (Powderhorn Residents Group), a non-profit community development corporation with 30 years of experience creating affordable and special needs housing, in collaboration with Spirit of the Lakes Church and GLBT Generations

Interested individuals can make reservations for space within the housing development by making a $200 refundable deposit. Registrations can be made through the PRG website.

Additionally, registrations will be taken at special informational meetings on the project scheduled for Monday, October 23, Thursday, November 16 and Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Spirit of the Lakes Church at 7:00 p.m. Spirit of the Lakes on the Northwest corner of 13th and Lake Streets

“Submitting a reservation now puts people in line for actual unit selection in spring 2007,” said Kathy Wetzel-Mastel, PRG project manager. She hopes groundbreaking will take place in fall 2007 when all of the financing has been put in place.

“This project stems from a vision that Spirit of the Lakes Church has had to use its property for a greater community good,” said Roger Youngs, former co-leader of the church and a member of the project team. “When we approached PRG about developing senior housing on this site as well as building a new church facility as part of the effort, they were optimistic and enthusiastic about making that happen.” The church portion of the development will have separate ownership and private financing.

“This project us a win for everybody: Powderhorn Park and Midtown Phillips neighborhoods, which recently completed a land use plan aimed at addressing underutilized parcels of land and increasing the number of people who actually live on Lake Street; the church; the GLBT community and the growing number of aging people in the community,” said Wetzel-Mastel.

Spirit of the Lakes Church was founded in 1988 as a congregation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. The United Church of Christ invited the church to join the denomination in 1991. It moved into its current 13th and Lake Street location, a former garage, in 1993.

The church became interested in the needs and issue facing GLBT people as they age and three members of the church, including Youngs, formed GLBT Generations, an organization aimed at educating the community and providing services so that GLBT seniors would be able to age in a safe, secure and respectful environment.

GLBT Generations, now separate from Spirit of the Lakes, is involved with the housing project as adviser to PRG on issues relating to GLBT aging.

“Generation’s role is to help PRG connect with the GLBT community as well as being a reference source to public and private funding and rule making groups that may need help in understanding and responding to the complexities facing GLBT people as they age,” said , a co-founder of GLBT Generations and its current board chair as well as a member of the project team.