By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on April 18th, 2012
Stadium Place, developed by Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO), is the first certified Green House project in the state of Maryland. It is also the first in the nation to take advantage of special financing for Green House projects aimed at low-income elders under a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NCB Capital Impact. This project received significant additional support from The Harry and Janette Weinberg Foundation, the state, the City of Baltimore, and private donors.
“Regardless of income, everyone should have the opportunity to age with dignity and receive the highest quality of care,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
“By thoroughly redefining what a nursing home should be and placing elders at the center of all they do, Green House homes help residents live happier, healthier lives,” continued Lavizzo-Mourey. “Stadium Place is a milestone for Baltimore and a model for what every city should be doing.”
The Stadium Place project will be operated by Associated Catholic Charities. It will include four small homes that will serve up to a dozen seniors per home, and at least sixty percent of the rooms in the Green House homes will be reserved for older adults who are eligible for Medicaid. Stadium Place has also been built to obtain LEED Silver certification.
“Stadium Place is helping to change the face of long-term care,” said Terry Simonette, president and CEO of NCB Capital Impact. “It demonstrates that it is possible to provide the best care to the people who need it most, at the same cost as a traditional nursing home.”
The Green House Residences are an integral part of the holistic continuum of care GEDCO is developing at Stadium Place. They are integrated into a larger mixed-income urban retirement community that currently includes four apartment buildings for low and moderate-income seniors, a YMCA facility, Memorial Field at the Y, ThanksGiving Place and a community-built playground.