The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon keynote speakers were Marc Caldwell and Wendy Rowan of Trinity Garden Apartment Homes, which recently opened at 2010 Panther Lane in Liberty. Caldwell explained the lengthy process it took to get the project open, "We applied to TDHCA (Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs) in 2006 with two goals in mind: (1) Affordable, new housing without taking money from the Treasury; and (2) Long-term upkeep by property owners." Caldwell says they accomplished both goals, after five years, experiencing the financial rollercoaster of 2008 and finding a second investor. The apartment project arose from Emergency Disaster Relief Program, following the housing need created by Hurricane Rita. There is a great demand for senior housing in Liberty and Caldwell says they are here for the long haul.
Developers across Texas submitted 260 applications at the time Caldwell applied. Only 50 were awarded. Four others were in Liberty at the time.
Rowan explained the fine amenities of the one and two bedroom apartment homes. All 76 units are wheelchair accessible, six specially designed for the physically challenged.
The apartment community has a beauty salon (1/2 price for residents), planned social activities, educational classes, parties, internet computer labs, door-to-door trash pick up valet service, a fitness center, a clothing care center, swimming pool, jacuzzi, covered parking and secure access.
Trinity Garden Apartment Homes are designed for residents age 55 and older on limited income.
Rowan elaborated that they are 50% leased at this time and plan to be 100% leased within two months. She has nine 840 sf, 1-bedroom homes left. They typically rent for $575/mo.
The qualified resident must have an income less than $27,000. The 1,045 sf 2-bedroom homes rent for $675/mo. Two residents must have a combined income of less than $37,000.
For a senior that has income of less than $13,000, the apartment may rent for as little as $280/month. If you know of a senior that needs affordable housing, call 936-336-2400 for more information.