If you’re not yet 55 years old but still would consider moving into an apartment building for lowincome seniors, don’t count out Jenkins School Apartments just yet.
Although state and federal guidelines say one member of the household must be 55 or older to qualify to lease one of the new units, Johan Graham, director of development for AU Associates, said people who are close to the age requirement are encouraged to call and ask about availability.
“The program allows for a few specific exceptions to the age requirement,” said Graham.
In addition to one household member being 55 or older, all other members of the household must be over the age of 40 in order to qualify for one of the new apartments on Main Street in Jenkins.
The cost of renting an apartment ranges from $350 to $450 per month for a one-bedroom unit to $450 to $550 for a two-bedroom unit. Units vary in design and size.
The maximum income limit for one person is $22,020. For a family of two, $25,140 is the maximum income limit. It’s $28,320 for a family of three.
“If someone is close, we again encourage them to fill out a pre-application,” said Graham.
Applications are processed at AU Associates’ corporate office in Lexington. Income verifications, criminal screenings and credit checks are part of the procedure. Utility and landlord history is primarily reviewed during the credit screening.
“In terms of the background check, we encourage all applicants to apply or to call with questions about their criminal history,” said Graham. “We have specific exclusionary items that are best shared one on one.”
Pets — one per tenant — are allowed with a deposit.
Tenants pay their own electric bill, but water, sewer and garbage fees are included in the rent.
The first resident was scheduled to sign a lease agreement on January 22 and move into the remodeled high school building on February 1.
AU Associates has invested $3.1 million into converting the 101-year-old building into 26 oneand two-bedroom apartments for affordable senior housing. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen with a self-cleaning electric range, an Energy Star dishwasher, an Energy Star refrigerator with an icemaker, and a built-in microwave oven.
In addition, each unit has keyless electronic entry and ceiling fans in all living areas and bedrooms. All windows have blinds. The units have central heat and air conditioning.
A community laundry room is located on the lower level. An elevator serves all floors of the handicapped-accessible structure. Onsite parking is available.
High-speed Internet service is also available in each unit.
In addition to the apartments, the building will house the Jenkins Senior Citizens Center and a television studio for the “government channel” that is operated by the Letcher Fiscal Court.
For more information about leasing an apartment, call Jenkins School at (859) 233-2009.