Nascentia Health and its partner, Rochester-based Home Leasing, announce the summer opening of the new Gardens at St. Anthony low-income assisted living community at 411 W. Colvin St., on the Southside of Syracuse.
The completely updated and modern facility features 54 apartments, 53 of which are one-bedroom units, ranging from 583 to 840 square feet. Construction, which is being self-performed by Home Leasing, is in the final phase, with an estimated move-in date for new tenants later this summer.
“We’ve seen a growing need for safe, high-quality housing to support our large population of low-income seniors and those with unstable housing,” said Nascentia Health CEO Kate Rolf. “This project is an amazing opportunity to combine our 130 years of home-based healthcare experience with helping our vulnerable neighbors find stable long-term homes.”
Nascentia Health is managing tenants for 27 of the units through a grant from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) to provide quality housing for low-income seniors over age 55 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Residents also must be Medicaid eligible, work with a social service agency, and require assistance with certain types of tasks. Apartments are available for singles or couples, though both residents must independently apply and qualify. Eligible tenants must require certain supportive services such as assistance with transportation, personal care tasks, housekeeping, or other activities of daily living.
The other 27 units are managed by Home Leasing and are available to qualifying low-income seniors. Tenant applications are actively being sought for all 54 units and Nascentia Health is working with several local human service agencies to identify candidates for the units, including potentially relocating individuals from the Skyline Apartments.
The apartments were created through a complete renovation of the former St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School and Convent, which was built in 1934 and closed in 1992. The building was taken over by the Syracuse City School District and the City of Syracuse and used for a variety of purposes for many years. In 2019 the building was purchased by Home Leasing and construction began to convert it to a residential structure in December 2019.
Learn more about the property and requirements for applicants, download a property flyer, and apply for an apartment online at nascentiahealth.org/housing.