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Housing under construction for specialneeds adults

first_imgWhat: A residential community for independent adults with developmental disabilities.Where: 501 S.E. Ellsworth Road, Vancouver.Developer: Vancouver-based Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation, which supports housing and socialization for developmentally disabled adults and clinical cancer research.Web: stephensplace.orgAfter months of planning, an apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities is under construction off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Interstate 205 in Vancouver.The complex will be called Stephen’s Place, named after a member of the Kuni family, which is financing the $12 million project through its Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation. Already, there’s a waiting list of people hoping to live in the approximately 45 units, according to Jacki Gallo, the foundation’s executive director.The strong interest is no surprise, Gallo said, since there are few facilities in the country like Stephen’s Place.“Our target resident will be someone who has the ability to live somewhat independently,” she said.The demographic faces a widening housing gap across the nation, according to Gallo, who said it’s a concern for aging parents of adult children with disabilities. “As the parents age, there’s no one to take care of the adult children,” she said, other than home-care options in which caregivers visit the home. The option is less than ideal for social interaction, Gallo said.“This (Stephen’s Place) will provide the community feel,” she said.The foundation is aiming for a March 2014 opening for the two-story, U-shaped building, situated south of Mill Plain at 501 S.E. Ellsworth Road. It will feature two stories of approximately 45 studio- and one-bedroom apartments. It also will include an eating and commons area, a large exercise room, an activity center and computer room.last_img read more