GUILDERLAND, N.Y.—Living Resources, a non-profit organization, celebrated the unveiling and grand opening of the state's first barrier-free Smart House.
The Smart House, located off Ardsley Road in Guilderland, is for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York State.
After a two year study on other group homes across the country, three years to get funding to build the home, and six months to actually build it, Living Resources is finally having six residents living with intellectual and developmental disabilities move in.
"As our residents age, they face more daunting challenges than other senior citizens because of their disabilities. Building new energy-efficient, barrier-free housing offers a permanent, cost-effective solution while promoting the concept of independent living," said Living Resources CEO Frederick W. Erlich. "We are thrilled to see this project come to fruition as we welcome our first residents."
During the grand opening, representatives from Hannaford Supermarkets announced a donation of $50,000 to Living Resources in support of the Smart House. The donation, which was awarded on behalf of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, was used to apply the principles of universal accessible design to the Smart House kitchen.
The $650,000 cost for the Smart House was partially funded by a grant from the New York State Legislature, which was secured by Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar).
The integrated technology component of the project is privately funded including additional grants from the William Gundry Charitable Private Foundation, Arnold Cogswell Health Care Fund of The Community Foundation, BBL Family of Companies, CDPHP and SEFCU, as well as individual donors.
For more information about the Smart House and Living Resources, visit www.livingresources.org.