New workforce housing to provide 35 units under co-housing model

BRATTLEBORO - A collaboration between three local organizations will transform Holton Home into workforce housing. M&S Development, Garden Path Elder Living, and the Brattleboro Retreat are working to reopen the former assisted living facility to serve traveling health care workers.
Holton Home will operate under a co-housing model. Each of the 35 units will include a private bedroom and bathroom. Tenants will share a common kitchen and dining area.
Common areas will be cleaned daily while an outside cleaning service will clean the individual bedrooms twice a month. M&S will provide property management and after-hours, on-call support. M&S Development holds a 10-year lease to retrofit and manage the building.
The Brattleboro Retreat signed a memorandum of understanding to prelease all 35 units for traveling nurses and doctors who need housing for a minimum of three months.
Garden Path closed Holton Home earlier this year. The decision was in response to a decrease in residents seeking congregate elder care during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Retreat provides inpatient and outpatient mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults. Yet, a lack of clinical staff has inhibited the psychiatric hospital’s ability to return to its pre-pandemic staffing levels, which also limits the number of clients it can serve. Hiring additional traveling clinicians is part of the hospital’s effort to reach its pre-pandemic level of 100 inpatient beds by June 2023.
On December 21, Brattleboro’s Development Review Board approved a change of use for Holton Home to another specialized residential structure that supports the co-housing living model. The board also asked M&S to return later in the year to discuss how managing Holton Home is going and if any changes need to be made regarding operating the facility or parking.

The Deerfield Valley News

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