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Leonard Florence Center for Living

Project at a Glance:
Development Type:
Senior Housing
Project Type:
New construction of skilled nursing home
MHIC Financing:
$19,236,496 in NMTC financing
Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation
Date Completed:

The Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) represents a radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Here, the emphasis is on “home” and “community,” and on creating an atmosphere where residents live in a setting that reflects their personal interests, values and needs. The concept behind this new type of nursing home is, simply put, to allow residents to live life to the fullest. MHIC’s $19.2 million New Markets Tax Credit investment filled the financing gap to allow this pioneering project to come to fruition.
Overlooking Boston Harbor, the LFCL consists of ten homes, each containing ten private bedrooms and baths, arranged around a common dining area, kitchen and living room. Residents include the elderly, those requiring short-term rehabilitation, as well as those with disabling medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
Two of the ten residences at the LFCL are dedicated to individuals living with ALS and MS. These homes offer support from highly trained healthcare professionals, access to assistive equipment, ventilator support, and personalized mobile command centers to enable residents to navigate throughout the campus. The technology in these residences is the most innovative in the nation.
The LFCL is located adjacent to two mixed-income assisted living facilities (Cohen Florence Levine Estates and Florence and Chafetz Home for Specialized Care) financed by MHIC using low-income housing tax credits.
In addition to providing skilled nursing home care for low-income elderly residents of Chelsea and surrounding cities and towns, this project has created new full and part time jobs. The LFCL makes available 70 beds to very low-income, Medicaid-eligible households, and it will serve as a pioneer in a new and more personalized type of skilled nursing care.