Director of Housing Management
Joined EHM 1995 ; BA from Western Connecticut State College. Specialist HUD, USDA and LIHTC, Fair Housing Specialist, Certified Housing Manager.
US population of 65 years and over will explode
to one in five (79 million) by 2035.
Estimates are right now 19 million older adults live in unaffordable or inadequate housing.
HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program is the only federal rental-assistance program designed to serve just seniors.
HISTORY and EXPERIENCE OF NEW SAMARITAN CORPORTION
and its affiliated corporations 1970 to 2015.
The continued success of New Samaritan is dependent on financial support.
As federal and State support has been deeply reduced, New Samaritan must look to donors to fill the growing gap for development. The number of seniors is growing significantly across the country, and a significant percentage do not have sufficient funds to compete in the real estate and senior services market.
Please support New Samaritan’s ability to continue its mission to seniors.
New Samaritan currently has over 3,400 seniors on waiting lists for its approximately 2,400 units. Wait times vary from three to five years at most sites.
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TECHNICAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY NEW SAMARITAN CORPORATION.
Due to federal budgetary pressures, no funding for construction since 2011.
“We are primarily in the people business, and we are seeking to change lives for the better.”The Reverend Arthur E. Higgins
New Samaritan Corporation (NSC) was the inspiration of the Rev. Arthur E. Higgins. As Minister to the department of Church in Society of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), he established NSC in January 1970 as a mission arm of the Conference to assist church members around the state to enable systems change through this incubator non-profit. By the end of the first decade the clear focus became housing and related services that would build human dignity.
At first New Samaritan provided church groups with technical assistance on federal financing programs for elderly and family housing development. The program succeeded by responding to local initiatives with professional expertise, enabling NSC to convince Connecticut communities to build attractive and successful subsidized housing. By 1974 it became clear that one of the major problems for non-profit housing was finding property managers that shared the non-profit mission to serve the well-being of the residents, not just keeping property occupied. To fill this gap New Samaritan established two non-profit housing management companies: now called Community Housing Management, Inc. (CHM)(1974) and Elderly Housing Management, Inc. (EHM)(1975). In addition to expertise in property management and financial procedures, EHM staff established a concept of social service management under the leadership of the Rev. Anne Higgins.
If housing was not sufficient activity, NSC at this time fostered the incubator concept of non-profit work, such as the Healing Community, promoting acceptance and adaptation for persons with disabilities; exploring Earthworks to use methane energy from local farms; Connecticut Memorial Society, successfully lobbying for cremation and open billing in Connecticut; and Sage Advocates, joining efforts with the Yale Divinity School students to support elders; and more. With growth and diversity in 1982 NSC separated from a corporate relationship with the Connecticut Conference and converted to membership in the national UCC Council on Health and Social Services Ministries.
In 1982 the second President/CEO was Betsey Reid, a long time Board member, who expanded the mission by growing staff and expertise in different kinds of properties. By 2000 NSC had developed 35 properties and was managing 2000 units, including Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the addition of cooperatives to the array of subsidized senior and family properties. The year 1990 brought a consolidation of executive staff, combining the position of President/CEO of NSC and EHM/CHM to one, thus ensuring that the planning of NSC developments and training of staff were focused on the long-term health and successful management of the properties to include both development and management. The new growth for the corporations included development and construction of a nursing home, the development of a housing management concept for persons coming out of homelessness in coordination with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the construction of senior cooperatives, new group homes for non-elderly persons with disabilities, and a large development of 118 limited equity land trust for first-time home ownership at Wolcott Hills funded by the CT Dept. of Housing (now DECD then DECS).
In 1993 NSC successfully opened the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (MCNR) under the leadership of Kathleen Sutherland. MCNR has 98 beds of rehabilitative and long-term care, dedicated to excellence in both medicine and caring to serve the Mansfield community and residents of NSC housing, who might require significant health care. The location near the University of Connecticut has also enabled MCNR to develop its other goal: to collaborate in the education of quality, caring nursing staff for geriatric patients.
At the end of 2002, Alan Green became the third President/CEO and focused the scope of New Samaritan on senior housing and nursing. In 2008 Bill Fairbairn moved from Board Chairman to President/CEO with the goal of refocusing on the fundamentals of senior housing development and management through a realignment of New Samaritan with the agencies, communities and internal skills essential to the success of the family of corporations. At the end of 2015 NSC and its related entities include MCNR, 42 NSC sponsored housing communities with EHM providing management services to a total of 52 properties with 2378 units. As the development process evolves with changes to governmental programs, New Samaritan works to strengthen its role in successful housing for low-income seniors in New England.
Since its founding, NSC has developed housing under the financing programs of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), the federal Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Division (USDA-RD), Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) tax exempt bonds, and commercial lending. NSC has worked with several architects and many contractors with the goal of economical development of space that is as attractive, functional and economical as possible under the financial constraints of the particular program requirements. NSC is sensitive to the fair housing marketing requirements as well as the future lives of its residents and the long-term costs of maintenance. The 2000 plus units of housing and a 98-bed skilled nursing facility of NSC facilities are all owned by non-profit corporations, towns or resident associations. Working closely together, New Samaritan and all the affiliated corporations are an unusual model of successful not for profit activity in the housing and human services field.
• By 2035, the population aged 65 and over in the US is expected to grow from 48 million to 79 million, more than one in five people. In addition one in three households will be headed by someone in that age group.
• Projections in Connecticut are that 20% of almost every town’s population will be 65 or older by 2025, with some towns exceeding 40%.
• The current supply of housing that is affordable to the nation’s lowest income seniors is totally inadequate. As more low-income Americans enter the senior ranks, this supply shortage - currently measured in millions of units – will become even more acute.
• The federal standard for affordable housing is that a household should pay no more than 30% of its income on rent and utilities. Estimates are that by 2035 more than 8.6 million people will be paying more than half their income for housing.
• Estimates are right now 19 million older adults live in unaffordable or inadequate housing.
• Projections are that 7.6 million older adults will have incomes that qualify them for federal rental subsidies by 2035, an increase of 90% from 2013. Currently only one-third of those who qualify are served. Continuing at that rate would possibly leave 4.9 million people to find affordable housing in the private market.
• HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program is the only federal rental-assistance program designed to serve just seniors. Since 1959, in partnership with nonprofit housing providers like New Samaritan, nearly 400,000 affordable rental homes have been created for older Americans.
• New Samaritan currently has over 3,400 seniors on waiting lists for its approximately 2,400 units. Wait times vary from three to five years at most sites.
• As a result of federal budgetary pressures, since fiscal year 2011, there has been no funding in the form of capital advances for new construction.
OUR MISSION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER, NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE.
Where Dignity and Compassion Come Home
7.6 million low income qualified adults,
this will increase 90% by 2035.
Where Dignity and Compassion Come Home.
New Samaritan strives to focus our housing on supporting human dignity by encouraging, providing, and developing affordable, accessible, safe, quality housing and health care facilities for all who need it.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
New Samaritan strives to focus our housing on supporting human dignity by encouraging, providing, developing and managing affordable, accessible, safe, quality housing and health care facilities for all who need it.
New Samaritan Corporation (NSC) is a non-profit development corporation that has a forty-three year history of development
in housing and housing services fields, primarily in New England but occasionally more broadly. NSC provides locally-based
non-profits or community agencies with technical services, such as:
• Sponsorship of government funded housing in which the local effort is fully assisted by NSC (There are currently
33 such properties.).
• Technical assistance to non-profits or community agencies interested in developing subsidized housing.
Technical assistance activities provided by NSC and its affiliated corporations, Elderly Housing Management, Inc. (EHM) and
Community Housing Management, Inc. (CHM):
• Assistance in defining and/or clarifying a group’s purpose and mission in terms of programs for
• Funding choices and selection of options.
• Organization and set up of local, non-profit corporations.
• General knowledge of tasks for which a group will need legal counsel or required legal work.
• Administrative oversight of grants and loans.
• Assistance in architect/contractor/other professional selection process.
• Review of housing options and assistance in selecting one or more options most desirable/feasible for the local
situation, such as family housing, elderly housing (independent or congregate, mixed family and elderly,
rental/mutual/cooperatives, single family ownership with limited equity provisions, land trusts and
other land use provisions.
• Completion of grant and financing applications for various types of funding.
• Project and financial record keeping through development stages.
• Completion of full development packages.
• Help in selection of any other needed consultants.
• Assistance in understanding regulations and what persons are served by various programs
• Review of concepts and architectural plans for good future management value and efficiency,
both property, mechanical and resident preferences.
• Highly trained and qualified housing management focused on quality of life for residents.
CHAIRPERSONJennifer Young Gaudet, since 2016
VICE-CHAIRPERSONC. Michael Tucker, since 2000
PRESIDENT / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERReginald W.H. Fairbairn (Bill)
SECRETARYRev. Barbara J. Libby, since 1993
ASSISTANT SECRETARYKathryn Stewart Hegedus, Since 2006
WAYS TO DONATE
Betsey M. Reid, 1972-2003,
ASSISTANT TREASURERMabel M. Peterson, since 1982
Paul M. Shapiro, since 2005 Board Chair 2005-2016
Alison Bonds, since 2002
Carol S. Hay, since 1997
25-40% of Connecticut towns’ populations are over 65.
There are many ways to advance the work of NSC with volunteer, financial and professional support.
New Samaritan, its affiliates EHM and CHM, its housing communities with services and MCNR, the nursing home, all function best with a blend of professional and volunteer time. As non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporations, New Samaritan gratefully accepts contributions at any time. A donor can make a great program even better by providing:
• Donations of land or property appropriate for housing or funds to purchase or develop property.
• Programs expanded or enhanced to enrich the lives of residents.
• Equipment and services for nursing, rehab or other health benefits.
• Training or participation in educational activities for staff professional expertise.
• In-kind donations of goods and services.
• Donations to the endowment of New Samaritan Corporation of investments of any kind.
Gifts of any size from individuals, foundations, businesses or organizations will further the work of the corporations and assist its growth and new, much needed production. Gifts may be named in the will of a person, either as a designated amount, a property or a percentage of an estate. New Samaritan is happy to establish memorial or honorary gifts as indicated by the donor.
For further information and discussion about making a donation, please contact: Reginald “Bill” Fairbairn, President/CEO.
New Samaritan is the largest, not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing services in Connecticut. Since 1990 it has built 43 senior housing facilities, a five star 98 bed nursing home (MCNR) and 118 affordable family homes. These are situated in 33 towns and cities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and now Michigan. Every senior housing unit is occupied and there are over 3000 persons on the waiting lists. These seniors are critical to our families and our communities in ways that support and enhance all of us, and this housing helps make possible their financial well-being and assistance with government services.
Our housing development process includes many local boards of directors who reflect the spirit and commitment to quality of the community in which it is built. Our nursing facility in Storrs/Mansfield has a community board of twelve members who provide community input and support for the professional excellence and volunteer programs that enhance the life of resident patients.
For a list and details of New Samaritan facilities and locations please go to the EHM page.
For more information on Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (MCNR), please go to MCNR website.
Reginald “Bill” W. H. FairbairnPresident/CEORetired senior partner in law firm Cramer & Andersen, LLP,
specialized in estates, probate, real estate, land use and affordable housing.
We are Equal Opportunity Fair
Housing providers and employers.
Current supply of affordable housing for low income seniors is already inadequate.
Chief Financial Officer
CPA, joined NSC 2008; BS in Accounting & MA in Human Development Gerontology, UCONN. former CFO/COO, The Rideshare Company.
Joined MCNR in 2014; >BS Health Science. Merrimack College. Program Certificate Long-Term Health Care management UCONN.
Only one third of income qualified seniors
are currently served,
thus 4.9 million must find market housing.