The Rona Barrett Foundation Announces Partnership to Build Harry’s House

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The Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and supportive services for seniors-in-need, has partnered with The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HASBARCO) to build Harry’s House, a new Independent Congregate Care Facility for low-income seniors. The development of Harry’s House will complete The Golden Inn and Village Master Plan, located at 890 Refugio Road, in Santa Ynez.

“I’m thrilled to see the large construction trucks already on the property,” said Rona Barrett, founder and CEO/President of The Rona Barrett Foundation. “This means the last phase of The Golden Inn and Village campus in Santa Ynez is now underway.”

Harry’s House completes the vision of The Rona Barrett Foundation for a community where seniors may access a variety and continuum of care that meets their needs as they age in place. Harry’s House will include 60 studio apartments in a two-story building mirroring the existing Golden Inn and Village style with farmhouse-inspired architecture, porches and outdoor courtyards.

“We are honored to be partnering again with the Rona Barrett Foundation to address this vital need,” said Bob Havlicek, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara. “We are fortunate to have a stellar project team with Sunseri Construction, Inc. bringing to life the architectural design of Hochhauser Blatter Architecture & Planning in harmony with The Golden Inn and Village and the Santa Ynez Valley.”

The Rona Barrett Foundation and HASBARCO have also engaged The Parsons Group, manager for Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara’s Garden Court and Gardens on Hope, to help develop resident services for Harry’s House.

Harry’s House will help to meet the significant unmet demand for a supportive services care development offering meals, activities, transportation and oversight for frail seniors who would enjoy a better quality of life in a more supportive environment. This will allow more frail seniors to be served on site, extending their independence, and delaying the need for skilled nursing or other higher levels of care in a medical setting.

“Our goal is to provide a new reality in which income limited seniors can expect housing, services and socialization that are commensurate with private pay models,” said Barrett. “We can no longer settle for treating those who have less, as any less deserving of a safe and supportive home in which to enjoy their golden years.”

The award-winning Golden Inn and Village recently achieved its fifth anniversary milestone, since opening its doors to residents in 2016. With the addition of Harry’s House, the Rona Barrett Foundation expands on its model that could be replicated in communities all around the U.S. as an innovative solution to the lack of affordable housing for low-income seniors.

The Rona Barrett Foundation
The Rona Barrett Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and supportive services for seniors-in-need. We do this by developing, expanding, and continuing operation of care homes such as the Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez, California. Residents benefit from a wide range of essential care services. With dignity, respect and love, the Rona Barrett Foundation presents residents with a broad variety of programs that meets their needs and enhances their lives. To learn more, please visit www.ronabarrettfoundation.org.


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