Letter: Affordable Housing in Lebanon

To the Editor:

Thank you for your concern for area seniors during the recent extreme heat wave (“On a Quest to Keep Cool,” July 19). As one senior shared with a Lebanon Housing Authority staff member, “Some days are hotter than others; you just have to take it slow.”

In the article, the staff writer quoted some of the comments made by residents of Rogers House in Lebanon. The article identified Rogers House as a “multi-story assisted-living center for low-income seniors.” By way of clarification, Rogers House is a senior and near-elderly apartment building that is owned and managed by Lebanon Housing Authority and is considered independent living, not assisted living. It is an income-based public housing program that is run in accordance with federal regulations through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A single person can make up to $38,850 and a family of six, for example, can earn up to $64,400 to be eligible for affordable public housing at a multi-family site owned and managed by the Lebanon Housing Authority. Income limits are based on HUD estimates of median family income and are reset annually.

The housing authority has a website where people can access more information about the agency. Applications for housing can be downloaded directly from this website. Go to www.lebanonhousing.org and learn more about our nonprofit organization. For follow-up questions about income eligibility and/or the availability of apartments, please contact us directly at 603-298-5753.

Ditha DeSimone

Executive Director, Lebanon Housing Authority


On a Quest to Keep Cool

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lebanon — While many Upper Valley residents flocked to nearby lakes or a darkened movie theater to beat this week’s heat wave, Jackie Fedchenko sat contentedly in her two-room apartment, sans air-conditioning, in downtown Lebanon. Most of the residents at Rogers House, a multi-story independent living center for low-income seniors, have A.C. units within their apartments. Fedchenko, however, chooses to …