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The mission of the Marion Senior Living Community (MSLC) is and continues to be the provision of housing with services for low-income seniors in the Marion and Linn County area. Its ten-acre campus is one mile north of the intersection of Highways 13 and 151. MSLC is governed by a nineteen-member Board of Directors. MSLC does not have an office location or an executive director. Its volunteer board is responsible for many of the tasks ordinarily the responsibility of an executive director. It does use a management company, Newbury Living, West Des Moines for the management of the three buildings on its campus. MSLC also has a contract with Aging Services to provide social work services for the residents of all the buildings.
MSLC began as an idea generated by the Marion Churches Social Concerns Committee of a need for low income senior housing in the community. The small committee of volunteers evolved into a non-profit corporation which received its 501(c)(3) designation in 1994. After receiving a donation of five acres in 1995, MSLC in cooperation with MAHP successfully completed a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) application to build forty units of independent subsidized senior housing. Moundview Manor opened in April, 2000. An additional five acres were purchased in 2001.
It was evident from the rapid rent-up of the property as well as the growing waiting list, that a second building was needed. This time MSLC in cooperation with Heartland Properties (then a division of Alliant Energy) and Newbury Development successfully applied for low-income tax credits and Home funding to construct Scott Meadows. Scott Meadows and its thirty two units opened in April, 2004.
MSLC had always used consultants to help with housing financing applications. However, encouraged by HUD, a board committee completed two applications for a total of forty units of independent subsidized senior housing in 2005 and 2006 without using consultants. The Hall-Perrine Foundation provided matching funds to construct Bison Street. TIF funds of $60,000 were granted by the City of Marion. Trinity Pointe opened in August, 2008.
Our mission today is the same as it was then. To provide independent, affordable, quality housing for seniors with low to moderate incomes.
Our current focus is on maintaining the overall quality of the facilities through upgrades including technology improvements like security cameras and card entry systems.