Westwood Heights is a "senior preference" building featuring 130 studio and one-bedroom apartments for people 62 years old or older. Second priority is offered to people 50-61 years of age, to build a safe, secure community of mature adults.
It is part of Seattle Housing Authority's Low Income Public Housing program, for people earning 80 percent of area median income or less. Westwood Heights residents pay 30 percent of their monthly income for rent and utilities.
In addition to offering affordable housing and services to low-income residents, the building is located near bus lines, a library, medical facilities and shopping, providing many amenities for convenient, independent living.
During redevelopment, 58 unpopular studio units at Westwood Heights were reconfigured into 38 more desirable, one-bedroom apartments. This reduced the total number of units to 130. Seven one-bedroom units were made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and are located throughout the building.
All the building's apartments were carpeted and outfitted with new vanities in the bathroom and additional kitchen cabinets. The elevators and plumbing, heating, ventilation, hot water and electrical systems were also renovated in order to satisfy required structural upgrades.
In addition, the common areas of Westwood Heights were upgraded to facilitate services programs for seniors, including a new lobby, commercial kitchen and sun-filled dining solarium, with new interior stairs between the ground floor lobby and daylight basement activity spaces.
Construction was completed in December 2001.
Amenities for residents
Few public housing buildings nationwide offer the range of services available at Westwood Heights.
Residents can choose from a number of activities, including a community garden, intergenerational activities, bingo, dances, coffee hours, crafts, movie nights and resident council activities. An exercise room is also available every day for use by residents. Lifetime Fitness Program classes are available three times a week for a nominal fee.
The Westwood Heights Technology Lab offers eight computer stations and is open daily with a varying schedule of structured training activities and available computer time.
Westwood Heights Technology Lab
9455 27th Ave SW, Seattle, 98126
Phone: 206.932.6942, ext. 16
Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7pm Saturday 10 –2pm
Visiting Nurse Services provides an on-site, free nursing walk-in clinic once a month. Residents can discuss various health issues with a registered nurse, have their blood pressure checked, and receive information about self-care and healthy lifestyle practices. Visiting Nurse Services also provide RNs, therapist, or aides to come directly to residents' apartments if they need skilled home health or hourly supportive care.
Case management services are available for those who need them.
ElderPlace provides comprehensive, high-quality health and social services for individuals 62 and older who need "nursing facility care" as defined by the State of Washington.
The Providence ElderPlace team of health and social service professionals provides and coordinates all services, offering a one stop solution for participants. The entire third floor of Westwood Heights has been set aside for low-income ElderPlace participants who need affordable housing. Participants must be eligible for Medicaid or able to pay from private sources.
In addition to providing affordable housing for ElderPlace participants, the innovative partnership between Providence ElderPlace and Seattle Housing Authority means that Westwood Heights residents have access to 24-hour, on-site care. ElderPlace health care staff are present 24 hours a day to attend to participants' needs.