Huntington Woods Senior Needs Open House Jan. 26, Input Needed

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(City of Huntington Woods Press Release, Jan. 17, 2015)

As part of a Community Needs Assessment discussed below, a survey has been prepared to solicit information on the adequacy of our housing stock for seniors.  If you are a senior living in Huntington Woods or are familiar with senior issues in Huntington Woods, please fill out the Candlewickshop_May2014survey as completely as possible. Click here for a link to the survey which ends January 27th.  Printed copies are also available at all City buildings.

Community Needs Assessment Underway

Recognizing Huntington Woods will see an increasing senior population in the near future, the City conducted an “Older Adult Needs Assessment” in 2012.  One of the recommendations was to consider alternate housing for older adults within the City.  “As the population ages and residents are no longer able to live independently in their homes, they may take advantage of the opportunity to remain within the community if different levels of independent or assisted living in condos or apartments were made available to them.” (SOURCE:  2012 Huntington Woods Older Adult Needs Assessment)gallowaycollens1

A location for alternative housing is limited to Woodward and the municipal property along 11 Mile where the DPW, Public Safety and City Hall buildings are situated.  To help facilitate a discussion, the City is exploring whether changes to the municipal complex are needed and if age-specific housing alternatives could be provided through a public-private partnership on municipal property.

To date, the planning firm contracted to review the initiative (ClearZoning) has conducted senior focus groups and prepared a survey for seniors or residents familiar with senior needs to gather input on housing issues.  Please see the link in this e-newsletter to complete the survey.  They have also conducted a municipal needs assessment to determine how well the existing facilities address departmental needs.  The Planners will hold an open house to present preliminary findings on Monday, January 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to drop in and review the preliminary findings and make comments before a final report is submitted to the City Commission.

For more on the City of Huntington Woods see http://www.ci.huntington-woods.mi.us/.

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