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August 04, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT
Volunteers of America Opens First Affordable Housing Community for Low-Income Seniors in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Volunteers of America today showcased its new Magic City Terrace housing community for low-income seniors in Billings at a news briefing at Magic City Terrace. The 84-unit housing community represents Volunteers of America's first effort to provide quality, affordable housing for low-income seniors in Montana. Volunteers of America is one of the largest nonprofit providers of affordable housing in the country, and the development of Magic City Terrace is part of a national effort to address the country's affordable housing crisis for low-income seniors, families, and people with disabilities.

"The shortage of affordable housing is a pressing issue here in Montana and across the country, and Volunteers of America is committed to providing our most vulnerable citizens with a decent and affordable place to call home," said Charles Gould, national president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America. "Volunteers of America and its partners share a vision of expanding quality housing to seniors in Montana, and this apartment community in Billings is one important step."

The three-story housing community features 84 one-bedroom apartments for seniors who are at or below 50 percent of the area's median income level. The complex was designed to provide affordable, independent living for seniors, and features a large community room that opens onto a courtyard. Nationally, Volunteers of America owns and operates more than 300 affordable housing communities in 31 states that are home to more than 20,000 people, and has more than 3,000 additional units of affordable housing in pre-development and development.

"Volunteers of America is proud to provide new and dynamic housing services in Billings for low-income senior citizens," said Jeffrey Holsinger, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America of Wyoming and Montana. "The availability of affordable housing is at critically low levels in Montana and we appreciate the partnership that the city of Billings extended towards us in developing this property. Volunteers of America cares about the people we serve and we are eager to explore other human service needs within the state of Montana."

The event was held at the Magic City Terrace housing community at 1439 Main Street in Billings. In addition to Gould and Holsinger, speakers included John Bohlinger, Lt. Governor of Montana; Meggin Stewart, Office of Senator Conrad Burns; Tom Friesen, HUD Field Office Director for Montana; Frank Boley, Chairman of the Board, Volunteers of America Wyoming and Montana; and DuWayne Strom, a resident of Magic City Terrace.

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization that is dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people in over 400 communities. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart -- and ultimately the spirit -- of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit http://www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.

Source: Volunteers of America

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