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New housing complex to serve Detroit's senior citizens

Rendering of the East Jefferson Neighborhood Project
Hooker DeJong Architects and Engineers
Rendering of the East Jefferson Neighborhood Project

Henry Ford Health Systems and two non-profit partners will team up to offer more long-term care options to Detroit’s senior citizens.


Henry Ford, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and United Methodist Retirement Communities are involved in the $35 million project on the city’s east side.


The complex will include affordable senior housing, assisted living units, and a Center for Senior Independence.


John Polanski , President and CEO of Henry Ford’s Community Care Services Division, says Detroit’s seniors lack many options for long-term physical and social care.


“The goal is to keep them out of nursing homes, and provide an innovative approach to both health care as well as social well-being.”


Polanski says the complex will be open to seniors who are nursing-home eligible, and qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.


Other financing will come from the city of Detroit, Wayne County, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.