Federation Housing, Inc. (FHI), a partner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will break ground on Annabel Gardens, featuring 54 one-bedroom apartments for seniors 62 years and older on Tuesday, November 16th. Upon its completion in fall of 2023, Annabel Gardens will provide much-needed affordable housing communities and services that empower low-and moderate-income seniors to live independently and with an enhanced quality of life.

“We continue to find new ways to expand our communities and services and provide more quality homes for seniors in need of a well-maintained, affordable place to live,” said Jay Weinstein, Federation Housing Board Chair. “We’re grateful to the generosity and support of many wonderful organizations and individuals who are making Annabel Gardens possible.”

Funders for this project include a lead gift by the children of Annabel Flesher Lindy (Rusty) for whom the building will be named.

“Our mother, raised in a nearby Housing Project, was committed to the local Jewish community, including serving many years on the Board of Jewish Federation and the Board of Federation Housing.  Mom created and funded Philadelphia’s Jewish community’s Tribe 12, Collaborative and the Lumud educational program. She would say, ‘one may support many different causes of interests, but it is critical to still support the Jewish community and its institutions,'” says Alan Lindy, Annabel’s son. 

Additional funders include: Low Income Housing Tax Credits administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), financing from PHFA, Montgomery County, Federation Housing, Inc., and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Fast Facts about the property: 

  • 33 units reserved for households whose incomes do not exceed 50% of AMI, of which six units will be reserved for households whose incomes do not exceed 20% AMI. The remaining 21 units will not exceed 60% of AMI. 
  • Six of the apartments will be fully accessible for wheelchair users, two will be equipped for residents with hearing and vision impairments, and 100% of the apartments will be VisitAble® for any visitor with mobility impairments. 
  • The development will also include 56 onsite parking spaces, community spaces including a community room, computer room, lounge spaces, and office spaces, and some outdoor space, including an open, private plaza, for residents to enjoy. 
  • The project will comply with green building practices, including certification as an Enterprise Green Community and a Zero Energy Ready Home, through the US Department of Energy. 
  • In addition to the case management services provided by the on-site supportive services coordinator, residents will have access to a private shuttle for grocery and mall errands as well as trips to doctor’s offices. 
  • All of the resident programming offered at Anabel Gardens is intended to assist residents age in place with the quality of life and opportunities for socialization, improved healthcare, and access to the robust offerings of downtown Willow Grove and beyond.

Michael Balaban, President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia shared, “serving those in need remains a priority focus for the Jewish Federation. It is always a proud moment for the organization when a most generous family wants to honor their loved one while addressing an urgent need within the community. We are grateful to Alan, Elaine and Frank Lindy for making it possible for 54 seniors to soon live independently and with dignity in Annabel Gardens, a beautiful space named in honor of their mother.”  

FHI will serve as the property manager and supportive services provider. The Jewish Federation will heavily subsidize the lunch program at the building. 

The development team has a proven track record of developing high-quality affordable housing. Developed by Federation Housing, the design team includes Iron Hill Construction Management as the general contractor, Cerminara Architect as the project architect and Bohler Engineering and McMahon Associates as engineers. Regional Housing Legal Services, Kaplin Stewart, Duane Morris and Wisler Pearlstine serve as attorneys for the developer. 

About Federation Housing, Inc.:

Federation Housing develops and manages quality, affordable, independent living communities for low-and-moderate-income seniors. Founded in 1970, the non-profit organization addresses a dire need in the Philadelphia region, where one in five seniors lives below the poverty line. While Jewish-affiliated, Federation Housing welcomes people of all faiths and currently serves as home to more than 1,500 seniors in 11 rental communities across Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The organization is unique in the extensive support services it provides to residents, including meals, transportation, a visiting nurse, onsite social workers, and a broad array of social, cultural, educational, recreational and intergenerational enrichment programs.

About the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia mobilizes financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world. For more than a century, we have worked to care for, enrich, and convene our local and global Jewish community and are committed to creating a bright future for the Jewish people everywhere. We take care of vulnerable people who need help, engage informed and compassionate communities in repairing the world, and energize Jewish life and learning.