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Bremerton Housing Authority wins national excellence award

The Bremerton Housing Authority won a national award honoring superior assisted housing and community development programs. BHA won in the Program Innovation: Affordable Housing category for Bay Vista Commons Assisted Living Community, according to the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

The 2009 Award of Excellence comes from NAHRO and will be officially presented Oct. 6 at NAHRO’s national conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. BHA is one of 18 programs nationwide to receive the 2009 award, out of an original pool of 212 merit winners and 84 Award of Excellence nominations.

BHA began construction of Bay Vista Commons, an affordable assisted living facility for seniors, in 2006. By entering into an agreement with the Department of Social and Health Services, BHA can accept up to 66 Medicaid-eligible residents in Bay Vista Commons. Project-based vouchers also are used to guarantee affordability.

Of the 66 units, 12 are reserved for the dementia care units. All of the units have handicapped-accessible bathrooms and wall-to-wall carpeting. The development also has common activity spaces, resident storage, jetted therapy tubs and a private transportation vehicle used to provide off-site activities. Case management activities include three meals a day, housekeeping, group activities, personal care, transportation to medical appointments and a wellness program to monitor health, manage medications and assist with other daily living activities.

“As NAHRO celebrates its 75th anniversary, we are proud to recognize the achievements of our members who are committed to finding innovative solutions and groundbreaking programs that address local needs and opportunities that enhance the lives of families, operations and community development,” NAHRO President Renee Rooker stated. “They are truly leading the way for a better America.”

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