The newest B'nai B'rith project in Tucson has been named to honor Gerd and Inge Strauss, both Holocaust survivors who immigrated to this country after World War II. The Strauss' have taken an active role in senior housing since the 1970's and have been responsible for hundreds of apartment units across the country for low income elderly persons. After the passing of his wife in 2003, Mr. Strauss continued to actively seek additional federal funding to develop more apartments in Tucson. Addition of this project will increase the number of affordable units developed by B'nai B'rith in Tucson to 199. B'nai B'rith is the largest Jewish sponsor of affordable housing for the elderly in the United States.
The Manor on Pantano looks more like a gracious retirement community than low income apartments. It is a beautifully maintained facility, with a wellness center and computer room; a well stocked library, gorgeous courtyard, gardens and a full time services coordinator. These are just some of the amenities available to its residents.
The spectacular Manor on Pantano; designed by local architect, Larry Meeks, the California Mediterranean style complex is a real "jewel in the desert". The interior design team, lead by local interior designer Amy Sandler Stuchen owner of Dry Heat Trading company, is passionate about good design "I'm excited and really thrilled to be working on this project. The common areas are charming and sophisticated ...beautiful design and high-end style can be done even on a limited budget."
The Manor maintains an active waiting list and interested and prospective residents should contact the Manager at The Manor (520) 722-9015 for more information, schedule a tour of the facility, and fill out an application.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Weekly classes are taught by a professional personal trainer who volunteers on an ongoing basis. We also address residents' health and wellness issues through, and provide ongoing programming to assist the residents in understanding and preparing for the aging process. All programming is created and implemented by the Senior Services Coordinator to initiate improvements in health and wellness, facilitate understanding of the complex medical and prescription drug options, and provide guest speakers on topics ranging from hearing loss to sexuality and aging.
NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK CENTER
Residents have 24 hour access to Internet connected computers, so as to acquire basic skills and facilitate the acquisition of knowledge. Residents are able to research health and wellness topics, access nutrition information and recipes, pay bills, and review on-line statements They may increase communication via e-mail, maintain mental clarity through the use of games and puzzles, access international newspapers and current events, research genealogy, and visit destinations around the world.
The Manor provides a monthly newsletter and an ongoing internal distribution of materials designed to increase communication by residents and staff within the facility and to increase the residents' awareness and knowledge of support services and resources available to seniors within Pima County, and beyond. Many residents are eligible for, and receive meals and other services from county and nonprofit agencies.
Staff managing and employment is by Biltmore Properties, Inc.. Biltmore Properties is a specialized, experienced property management company who has for 31 years demonstrated their capacity to manage affordable housing and programs for very low income elderly and families, the developmentally disabled, and the seriously mentally ill. Biltmore has significant experience with grant administration and certified audits. They have previous management experience of 4190 units in HUD properties and they currently manage 2071 HUD units throughout the state of Arizona. The Manor on Pantano, under Biltmore oversight, remains in a positive financial position and is current on all payables.
Biltmore has decades of experience in providing supportive services and managing housing units for low and very low-income seniors.
Biltmore Properties and the Manor jointly and severally have received affirmative audit and evaluations by the Department of Housing and Urban Development since inception.
B'nai B'rith Gerd and Inge Strauss
Manor on Pantano
370 N. Pantano Road
(just north of Broadway)
Tucson, Arizona 85710
Call to tour and reserve (520) 722-9015
TDD number 800-367-8939 (for hearing impaired only)
Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Liz Kanter Groskind