Jewish Housing and Programming (J-HAP) has acquired a site in Golden Valley to provide safe, service-enriched housing to adults with disabilities. J-HAP's innovative housing development, Cornerstone Creek, slated to open in 2015, will offer independent, yet supportive housing with seamless connections to the larger Jewish and secular communities.
The proposed living center will include a Spirituality & Wellness Center in addition to the 45 independent living units. Future residents will also have access to kosher dining, a library and media lab, and outdoor gardens and walking paths.
"J-HAP residents will have the freedom to make real choices for the first time in many of their lives... from where to work to how to spend their free time," said Jennifer Lewin, J-HAP Executive Director. "This project will allow residents to participate in experiences, interactions and relationships that build a meaningful life-something we all deserve, regardless of our abilities."
Cornerstone Creek - Exterior Rendering
The Golden Valley site was secured with the assistance of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who provided a $20,000 loan to J-HAP for initial escrow funds. Chief Executive Officer Steve Silberfarb is eager to see this important addition to the Twin Cities Jewish community.
The land acquisition was also made possible by the Twin Cities Community Land Bank, which is holding the site until J-HAP obtains the funds.
"The Twin Cities Community Land Bank is thrilled to play a role in making this important supportive housing development a reality in Golden Valley," said Margo Geffen, Vice President of Twin Cities Community Land Bank. "J-HAP, Community Housing Development Corporation, and the city of Golden Valley recognized an opportunity for key land acquisition, and fortunately, the Land Bank was able to act quickly and acquire the property on J-HAP's behalf until the necessary funding is raised.
"Jewish inclusion is incredibly close to our hearts at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation," said Silberfarb, "We're delighted with the opportunity to assist J-HAP in this endeavor; it's one that promises to enrich our Jewish community."
Cornerstone Creek is being co-developed by Community Development Housing Corporation under the leadership of Senior Vice President, Linda Donaldson. CHDC is an industry leader in creatively and effectively partnering with for- and non-profit developers to create housing for the lowest income, most disadvantaged people in the state.