Construction begins on Jacob's Village low income housing complex

You may not have heard of Jacob's Village, but this quiet community in western Vanderburgh County is expanding.

An $1.8 million expansion project will add six duplex apartments that will provide space for 12 to 24 seniors or people with disabilities.

"No there's nothing comparable to this in the area," says Meredith Buchanan, of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, the organization that helps care for people with disabilities at Jacob's Village.

Buchanan says all available housing for these two groups is filled to capacity in nearby cities and there is none in rural areas.

"There's a great need in the community for housing in more rural community. So many people are forced to move out of their homes when they have disabilities due to limited income, and don't want to move into a high rise in the middle of town," she says.

These apartments will provide them with an alternative.

The duplexes will be ground level and fully accessible.

"Each unit will have it's own covered car port, private patio. All will be design features on the units will strive to as much energy efficiency and low maintenance as possible," says Cheryl Kuchna, CEO of Jacob's Village.

Officials estimate the complex should be ready next spring.

Jacob's Village officials will begin taking application for these spaces with in a few months.

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