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New apartment complex offers inclusive living

Oct 12, 2017

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A new apartment complex in the town of Sweden is providing affordable homes for people with disabilities and low to moderate income individuals and families.

The 56-unit complex is co-owned by Lifetime Assistance and Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, a housing development and property management firm. 

Whitney MacIntyre, housing transition coordinator at Lifetime, says the new development is an inclusive environment where neighbors know neighbors and they can ask each other for help.

"A lot of people here have said, 'I didn't even know people with disabilities live here,' and I said, 'I know, because they're just like you or I. They may just struggle a little here or there and they may just need a little support.' "

Lifetime is the service agency for 14 of the 56 apartment units. Staff provides on-site services including help with cooking, budgeting, and coordination of Medicaid services.

Frances Apartments is named in memory of Brockport native, suffragist, and civil rights activist Frances Barrier Williams, the first African-American to graduate from The College at Brockport.

The apartments are all currently occupied, but MacIntyre encourages interested applicants to join a waiting list. 

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk.