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Kentucky Housing Corporation adds 96 Affordable Housing Units at Hebron’s Sparrow Ridge

“A little piece of heaven” and “absolutely fabulous” are how new residents describe Sparrow Ridge, a new senior living facility in Hebron.

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) recently helped officially open the four-story housing complex, adding 36 one-bedroom and 60 two-bedroom apartments to the Northern Kentucky affordable housing landscape.

The new development offers a playroom for grandkids, craft room, bocce ball court, covered patio with grills, green space and more amenities inside and out.

The 96 units at Sparrow Ridge represent a fraction of the 2,398 affordable rental units constructed or preserved by KHC in 2022, its 50th anniversary year, but are an important first step for a community in need of affordable housing options. Just a month after opening, only 36 units remained to be rented.

(Photo from Kentucky Housing Commission)

KHC has invested more than $12 million in housing credits so far this year, including $1.5 million on this project alone, in addition to assisting 70,759 families or individuals with vital rental assistance and helping 3,339 households buy a home.

For many seniors on a fixed income, affordable housing is a rare commodity. In communities without it, seniors may have to sacrifice independence or comfort for security and accessibility. With Sparrow Ridge and projects like it, KHC and its partners aim to change that. At the grand opening on August 25, residents spoke about their journey to Sparrow Ridge and what it means to them.

Linda Alexander said she had wanted to move to Northern Kentucky to be closer to her family, but she was unable to find a place she could afford on her fixed income.

“I called around, looked around, for affordable housing in this area, and there was none,” she said. “The prices were outrageous.”

So when Sparrow Ridge opened, she jumped at the opportunity, becoming one of the first residents to move in.

“If I had the money to plan for retirement,” she said, “this is where I would be.”

Barbara Boeckman came to Sparrow Ridge after an unexpected loss.

“My husband passed away five years ago,” she said, “and ever since I have been struggling like crazy. I had to put my house, the mortgage, on deferral for a year and a half. Could not pay it. I was having trouble just paying my bills.”

Eventually, she was able to sell her house and move into Sparrow Ridge.

“It feels so comfortable,” she said of her apartment. “So homey.”

Video of the grand opening ceremony

Kentucky Housing Corporation

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