History of the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt
In and around 1975, the Reverend Clifford Carr asked members of the Parish of the Holy Family Episcopal Church, composed of St. Mary's Church in Wind Gap, PA and St. Joseph's Church in West Bangor to consider "community outreach" by establishing a facility for senior citizens on a fixed income, under the direction of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Taking seven years to accomplish, with the "seed money" being supplied by the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (and later a loan) committee's were established consisting of individuals from the Episcopal Church, other local churches, community members and politicians. Since the development began with the Episcopalians under Father Carr's leadership, it became known as the "Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, Inc." and was so incorporated as a not for profit Pennsylvania Corporation. Some individuals who helped the apartments become a reality came to live here as well.
The Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt opened its doors in November 1982. The Diocese of Bethlehem considered the "seed money" as a gift, as did a local philanthropist who donated the twelve acres of land that the facillity rests on today. The Corporation paid back the loan from the Board of Directors, all under the rules and regulations as set forth by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. To date the Diocese of Bethlehem has no financial interest and is not involved in the operation of the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt. To date there are local Episcopalians, members of other churches and local business men and women serving on the Board of Directors. For continuity, since the original applications were made under the name of the "Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, Inc." we have continued the name.
The Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, Inc. Board of Directors serve a three year term and a third of the Directors are elected each year. Officers are elected by the Board for a one year term and may be re-elected at the discretion of the Board. The Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, Inc. Board of Directors and Officers are on a volunteer basis and they are not financially compensated for their services.
On behalf of the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, Inc. I would like to extend our thanks for considering the Episcoplal Apartments of the Slate Belt for your next home.
Robert Ayars, Secretary
The Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt is a 94 unit apartment complex located in the beautiful rural community known as Bangor, Pennsylvania (Slate Belt). The Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt is owned and operated by the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, Inc. and operates under a Section 202/8 Housing Assistace Contract with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Section 8 of the United States Housing Act enables the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt to offer affordable, safe, decent and sanitary housing to the elderly and mobility impaired individuals that meet the income and screening criteria as set forth by HUD and Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt's Tenant Selection Plan (see Rents - Qualifications for Housing - Tenant Selection - Plan).
Under the guidelines of HUD, the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt was developed to provide housing assistace for individuals who are 62 years old or older and also offer a specific number of apartments designed for persons with mobility impairements.
The Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt fully complies with the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
684 American-Bangor Road, Bangor, Pennsylvania 18013
Question: 610 863-7626 or 610 863-1614
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