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New LIFE for Philly seniors

The NewCourtland LIFE Center will serve up to 350 low-income older people in Northeast Philadelphia with health and wellness services.

Rendering of a new LIFE Center in Philly

A rendering of the new development, that will include the LIFE Center

NewCourtland Elder Services (NewCourtland) serves more than 5,000 seniors annually in Philadelphia through home- and community-based services, affordable housing, and skilled nursing care.

As part of the Age Strong campaign, Capital Impact Partners recently completed a $1.9 million loan to NewCourtland to support the development of a 15,500-sq. ft. LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) center within a larger mixed-use development. The new development, called the LIFE Center at Saint Bartholomew, will host the LIFE Center on the ground, along with 42 units of affordable senior housing on the upper floors.

The LIFE Program in Pennsylvania, known nationally as the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), is a Federally and State funded health plan that provides comprehensive care for primarily low income, chronically ill elders to allow them to remain in their home for as long as possible.

St. Bart’s will be the first LIFE center in Northeast Philadelphia and will be the sole LIFE center serving its 10 zip code service area.

The St. Bart’s LIFE center will serve up to 350 participants with features including: a primary care clinic, an activities area with a large dining room, a wellness/exercise area, a food service preparation and serving area, conference rooms, computer workstations and a personal care area.

This project is Phase I of a three-phase project that will ultimately include a total of 146 affordable housing units for seniors on the site, located in the Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia.

The impact of the project is clear: 100% of beneficiaries will be 50+ and most will make 80% or less of the area median income. Approximately 90% of LIFE enrollees are dual eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Finally, the new St. Bart’s LIFE Center will create or retain approximately 112 fulltime, permanent jobs in a low-income area of Philadelphia.

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