A new project to bring affordable senior housing to Madras has broken ground. Age+, an Oregon non-profit designed to address the needs of older adults, is behind the project that will bring 24 units of affordable, senior housing to Madras.

The project is the culmination of many years of discussion between Age+, the City of Madras and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, whose land the development is on. Age+ hopes that through this project, other communities will see that projects like this are possible. “We’ve begun these demonstrative projects to show how you can develop small projects in rural areas with rents that are affordable, and that are accessible,” said Stephanie Hooper, president of Age+.