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September 6, 2013

Merrimac Village hosts anniversary party Sept. 21

MERRIMAC — The Merrimac Housing Authority Board of Commissioners announces a celebration to commemorate the 40th year of operation of the Merri-Village Apartments.

Merri-Village contains 48 units, consisting of six buildings containing 8 units each. One building is designed for residents who require accessibility accommodations.

The celebration is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The location is the Community Building located at 52 Middle St. in Merrimac, rain or shine. Food and refreshments will be available for all those who attend. The public is welcome.

Merri-Village was developed under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chapter 667 program created by the legislature in 1956. Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to provide loans and subsidies for low-income households of persons aged 65 or older. The minimum “elderly” age limit is now 60 with young disabled individuals excepted.

Typically the first apartments built were one- and two-story buildings in small developments. Initial construction proceeded rapidly throughout the state, with long waiting lists for the completed units. Currently there are 45,000 units in the Commonwealth’s portfolio, most of these units have one bedroom. Unit size standards for the elderly were initially very low with 300 square feet. Soon it was recognized that space was inadequate.

Units built in the 1960s and later contained approximately 400 square feet. Merri-village units contain 450 square feet. Special handicapped units are slightly larger.

The program allows residents to pay a state-legislature-mandated 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income for rent and all utilities.

For more information about affordable housing or the application process, contact the Amesbury and Merrimac Housing Authority Office at 180 Main St., Amesbury, MA 01913. The phone number is 978-388-2022.

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