Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation and Related Affordable partner to revitalise two senior apartment communities in West Palm Beach, Florida
Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation (Rainbow), a national nonprofit organisation which provides service-enriched programs for residents of rental housing communities throughout the US, has been selected as the primary services provider for St Andrews Residences and S. James Residences, two senior housing communities located in West Palm Beach.
Related Affordable, one of the largest developers, financiers, and preservationists of affordable and workforce housing in the United States, expanded its partnership with Rainbow to implement programming focused on nutrition, financial awareness, and fitness, as well as computer training and other educational services.
“With the pandemic compromising seniors on multiple levels, we are focusing on preventing social isolation, and encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle from the comfort of their home,” says Flynann Janisse, Executive Director of Rainbow. “Our onsite Resident Services Coordinators are working in collaboration with local and regional partners to improve access to resources which will promote health and wellness along with computer training as a key program to help residents stay connected to family and friends.”
Rainbow’s Web-Based Resident Applied Programming (WRAP) is easily accessible on a computer or mobile phone while Rainbow’s mobile phone app provides a monthly calendar of online class schedules and workshops. Residents may also join live book-reading sessions and exercise sessions designed for seniors which are available on the Rainbow Senior Circle Facebook group.
To encourage social engagement, seniors can also attend in-person workshops hosted by a resident services coordinator. The coordinator takes every precaution to keep seniors safe during the pandemic through socially-distanced programming, mask-wearing, temperature checks, visitor logs, and cleaning office equipment between each use.
“Affordable housing has laid the foundation of Related’s real estate work for nearly 50 years, and we are proud to continue our legacy of preserving at-risk affordable housing in the flourishing community of West Palm where we have worked in nearly every aspect of development for over two decades,” says Dave Pearson, Senior Vice-President, Related Affordable. “We believe everyone, regardless of income level, deserves to have a place to call home and look forward to ensuring that seniors in West Palm have an upgraded and highly ammenitised affordable place to live for decades to come.”
“The renovations are only one step to refreshing St Andrews Residences and St James Residences. Our supportive services allow for residents to thrive in a community-driven environment while allowing them to connect to easily accessible resources,” says Janisse.