HUD agreement launches Assisted Living renovation

With a construction agreement in hand from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Volunteers of America-Minnesota and Wisconsin begins a $3 million renovation of Oxbowl Bend Apartments in Coon Rapids.

“When our work is complete in six to nine months, we will add a fourth assisted living residence, providing affordable care for older adults with low incomes in the Twin Cities,” said Paula Hart, president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate our partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in this effort.”

The renovation will make the building handicapped accessible and add a new commercial kitchen. Twenty nine of the 60 current Oxbowl Bend apartments will be renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms.

In addition to the building renovations, residents will have the option to access more comprehensive services at Oxbowl Bend, including an on-site registered nurse. “Our assisted living services permit older adults to age in place, in the community,” Hart said, “at lower healthcare costs than traditional nursing homes.”