Two events on the same day Sept. 23 illustrated the growing problem of making housing more accessible.

Two events on the same day Sept. 23 illustrated the growing problem of making housing more accessible.

One, a groundbreaking in Jefferson Township, highlighted what an individual could do; the other, a grand opening at Stygler Village in Gahanna, showed how the business community could respond.

In the township, Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband, Mark Leder, hosted a groundbreaking of the home they plan to build at 6141 Clark State Road. The couple plan to have the fully accessible home built in nine months. For the first month, they plan to have it open for tours and donate the proceeds from ticket sales to the Ohio State University's spine-injury research.

Rossetti and Leder have a Web site for their project, They put up a video camera so that viewers could watch the progress of the house over the next nine months, Rossetti said.

She said the house, which she is calling the Universal Design Living Laboratory, is a national demonstration home and garden design project that will bring attention to three critical architectural design and building concepts: universal design, green sustainable building and healthy chemical-free materials.

According to the Web site, Rossetti and Leder will live in the home but also will invite builders and others to view the work. "The 3,500-square-foot ranch-style home will incorporate the finest craftsmanship and state-of-the-art products, technology and services," the Web site states.

At the second event, Gahanna Mayor Becky Stinchcomb spoke at the National Church Residences' grand opening of a 32-unit affordable senior housing community at 165 N. Stygler Road. Both occurred at 10 a.m.

NCR opened Stygler Commons in 1990 as an affordable housing community for seniors age 62 and older. It's part of a federal Housing and Urban Development program, which provides housing funds for low-income seniors.

The recent renovation of Stygler Commons will allow the property to provide assisted-living services to its residents under the Medicaid assisted-living waiver program.

NCR renovated part of Stygler Commons to a licensed, low-cost assisted-living facility. Officials called it the first of its kind in Ohio and said it already has resulted in significant savings to the state's Medicaid reimbursement system.

NCR officials estimated the costs of living in a skilled nursing center total $5,100 a month for one individual. Similar services could be rendered at Stygler Commons for about $2,670 per month, officials said.

The $2.2-million renovation is comprised of 22 one-bedroom units and 10 studio-style apartments. The Medicaid assisted-living waiver program provides older adults and people with disabilities an alternative to home-based waiver programs and Medicaid-funded nursing-home care.