Eleanor Apartments is a brand new affordable senior housing community located in Downtown Bellingham on the edge of the York historic residential neighborhood. Opened September 2017, Eleanor Apartments offers 80 energy-efficient apartments with one bedroom and one bath that are affordable to seniors. The apartments utilizes Universal Design features making the building fully accessible. With a large community center, on-site parking, and large light-filled apartments, Eleanor Apartments will become a hub for seniors in downtown Bellingham. The community meets Evergreen Sustainability standards and includes an on-site rain garden for stormwater retention, photo voltaic solar panels, triple pane windows and enhanced insulation.
There is a bus stop at the property and the county transit center is a block away. Services and shopping are within walkable distances. Resident Services programming, a computer lab, and other activities will be provided in a community space on the ground floor. A partnership with PeaceHealth will provide health and wellness services on-site. The building will be generously landscaped with outdoor seating areas, walking path and P-patch garden.
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Since this property has received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, a certain number of units are set aside for lower income households. Households must earn either less than 50% or 60% of the area median income (depending on the set-aside option chosen by the property owner) to qualify for these units. Rents in these units are capped at a maximum of 30% of the set-aside area median income (adjusted for unit size). Some rental units in this property may not be subject to LIHTC and therefore have higher rents and no maximum household income requirement.
Eleanor Apartments is managed by Mercy Housing.