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Pearl Nordan Care Center of Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc.

A $2.4 million federal government grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be put to use by the Fowler Christian Apartments of Dallas, an assisted living complex in East Dallas.

Fowler is associated with Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc. and is the only retirement community in Texas receiving a "Housing with Services" grant from the government agency's Assisted Living Conversion Program. This year, HUD is contributing $26 million in grant funding to nine states, including Texas.

So what specific programs at Fowler will benefit from the grant?

The retirement community, which houses 355 residents, will soon start construction on 21 independent living apartments for senior citizens on fixed incomes. These apartments will allow residents access to hot meals in the facility's cafeteria and other services like transportation.

Additionally, $1.3 million of the awarded grant will go toward modifications on 24 existing units at Fowler, which will be converted from apartments to "service-enriched homes." These changes will allow residents to continue receiving aid with healthcare, laundry and other tasks while maintaining independence in a home environment.

“We’re getting older as a nation and with that demographic shift, there is a growing demand for affordable housing that will allow our seniors to live independently in their own homes,” said Carol Galante, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner.

The grant will also allow for enhancements to the facility's current bathrooms and kitchens for more convenient wheelchair and scooter access.

“We’re thrilled to be a recipient of these funds to help our Fowler Christian Apartment residents live on their own longer and more productively,” said Sabrina Porter, president and CEO of Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc.

Information and photo courtesy of Chris Kelley