Input requested on housing needs for older adults

SLAYTON — A group of local residents has created a new non-profit organization with the goal of creating more housing options for older adults in southwest Minnesota.

Operation Prairie Venture (OPV) was formed earlier this year in response to the sudden closure of the Slayton Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center last July. The board is now asking the public to respond to a survey about needed services.

On a mission "to build innovative services and spaces for older adults that enable all generations to live and thrive in a vibrant community," OPV has spent the last several months doing research.

The city of Slayton agreed to finance the services of the Southwest Regional Development Commission, which helped the board come up with a strategic plan. OPV next secured grant funding from the University of Minnesota Extension's Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. Those funds will support a 13-week architecture and design internship for the development of a model neighborhood that provides housing options for older adults.

The next step is to collect input from across southwest Minnesota about which services are the most needed and which types of building projects make the most sense for the area. A survey is available on the OPV website and includes single-answer and open-ended questions.

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