Nestled into the middle of Montgomery is a 72-unit elderly affordable housing development that Michael and Ellen Boware are thankful to call home. Michael says, “Before we came here, we lived in Birmingham and had some friends in Montgomery who’d been trying to get us to move here for years. We came and saw this place, and we were ready.” Ellen said, “We immediately filled out an application, and we prayed and left it to the Lord. We were so happy when we got the call saying we got an apartment.”
Michael enjoys just about everything about Kendrick’s Way, from how quiet and spacious it is to how comfortable it is in both the summer and wintertime. Wife Ellen agrees, and adds that she likes the security provided by the way the development is set up since it requires guests to be buzzed in to the main building. She’s also thankful for the development’s affordable rent.
That affordability is something important to developer Chase Northcutt of Resource Housing Group. He says, “As a nonprofit, one of our missions is affordable housing, and there is a real lack of quality affordable housing in Montgomery. We believe Kendrick’s way is a quality development that serves a great need in the community.” Northcutt also believes the lake and protected wetlands behind the development is one of its most unique qualities.
It is certainly what drew Reatha Simonton to Kendrick’s Way. “When I first walked into the apartment, I didn’t even look at it. I went straight to the balcony to look at the lake and ducks and geese.” Michael also enjoys the lake, saying, “I can fish when I want to and don’t have to waste gas. I catch a lot of brim.”
Both the Bowares and Simonton enjoy the development’s quietness and superior management. That’s something property manager Robyn Horne takes great pride in hearing. Horne is known for keeping the resident’s busy with monthly bingo dates, pot luck luncheons and holiday festivities that give everyone a chance to enjoy fellowship with their neighbors. She says, “The development is not only beautiful, but it’s also safe, and convenient to many shopping centers, major roadways, parks and transit stops. Kendrick’s Way offers residents a place they can feel proud to call home.”
Simonton agrees. She moved to Kendrick’s Way last year after living in another affordable housing development. “I never felt at home there. I feel at home here,” she says.