This brand new apartment complex in Silver Spring has opened its doors for a group of special residents.
The homes were built by local developer Victory Housing on the property of St. Camillus Catholic Church.
Nearly fifty low-income senior citizens now have a new place to live.
The 3-story building includes 48 one-bedroom apartments. There's also a game room, aquarium and outside courtyard. All the residents living here are 62 years of age or older - and their incomes are at or below 50 % of the area's median income.
Leaders from the local community, state and Archdioceses of Washington gathered Monday to celebrate this grand opening.
“It’s wonderful because I think it's who we are as Catholics. We as Franciscans seek to help people who kind of on the margins of society and so we find many times that our seniors are one of the forgotten areas,” says Father Michael Johnson.
Residents can start moving in Monday. Many say they are happy to be living close to the church they've called home for many years.