Upper Shore Aging Housing Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of decent, safe and affordable housing for Senior Citizens in the upper five Counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Since its founding in 1977, USAHC has successfully developed eight Senior Housing projects in the region totaling 202 rental apartment units. Through various partnerships with private developers, close inter-working with community, religious leaders, and local governments, USAHC has secured funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Service which enables it to offer its apartments to eligible applicants at rental rates based on their ability to pay, thereby making them equally available to virtually anyone living on Social Security Income.
The success of USAHC's projects is based on their locations, that being in the small rural towns which make up the face of the Eastern Shore. The ability to remain near to family,and friends enables USAHC Seniors to stay independent while maintaining the security of the community, familiar surroundings, and medical facilities nearby.
Each apartment is especially designed with Seniors in mind to provide for comfortable independent living. They have one bedroom (except efficiencies), full bath, kitchen, living room, adequate closets and storage. Each project has special apartments designed for the wheelchair which have no stairs, wide turning radius, roll-in showers, grab rails in the bath, and open front sink counters in the kitchen. All apartments have safety features including emergency pull strings in the Baths and Bedrooms. Heat Pumps provide central heating and air-conditioning. All kitchens are provided with modern appliances including refrigerator, range and garbage disposer. Coin operated laundry facilities are located in the Community Building and is available to all tenants. The Community Room is available to all residents for personal use such as family dinners, birthday parties, or get-togethers at no charge on a first come first serve basis.
Aging and other Social Services like transportation, light cleaning, and medicine maintenance, are available on a limited basis to eligible individuals and is provided by the local County Department's of Aging or Social Services, or Upper Shore Aging, the local Non-profit Area Agency on Aging. The Upper Shore is served by three regional Hospital Systems. They are Union Hospital in Elkton, Md, Kent/Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown, Md. and The Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. The quality of the health services are generally excellent.
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