Sept. 19 auction to benefit affordable senior housing

There are many models for what ideal senior housing would look like in the 21st century, but only one developer is actually attempting such a prototype - Lawrence's affordable housing nonprofit, Tenants to Homeowners. The active senior development known as Cedarwood Senior Gardens is currently under construction at 2500 Cedarwood Ave. This aging in place community will have 14 town homes that are fully accessible and energy efficient with a sensor system that can control lights and burners on the stove as well as open the front door. The grounds will have a walking path, sculpted gardens, raised bed gardens boxes and a community center with a health kiosk capable of facilitating a teleconference appointment with a physician.

Tenants to Homeowners is fortunate to have several contributing project partners, including Douglas County, the City of Lawrence, Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation and Douglas County Community Foundation. However, building and maintaining high-tech, affordable rental housing can be costly. On Sept. 19, Tenants to Homeowners will be having its annual "Every Home Can Be A Castle" silent auction at the Castle Tea Room. All proceeds will be used to supplement Cedarwood and future housing projects. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds will directly support the development of affordable housing in Lawrence.

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