Barley Square Apartments

In the southwest neighborhood of the City of Reading, Barley Square Apartments fills a void by providing affordable housing to seniors 62 and older. Residents maintain their independence by having access to an experienced supportive services provider specializing in coordination of health support.

Residents are within walking distance of numerous retail, arts, entertainment, education, employment, and public transportation options. For travel, the apartments are easily accessible to U.S. Route 422 and Interstate I-176.

However, if residents prefer to stay home, Barley Square Apartments offers many amenities including a community space with a kitchen, nurse offices, computer lab, playroom for grandchildren, exercise room, community garden, and fourth-floor terrace with views of the city.  “I lived in Reading all my life and I love living here,” said resident Lorraine. “I enjoy reading on the fourth floor terrace or using the playroom when my grandson visits.”


I love my apartment – it’s spacious, quiet, the people are friendly, and the rent is reasonable.

– Phyllis, resident

When I open the door to my apartment, it makes me smile.

– Anthony, resident

The property manager and residents collaborate to hold surprise birthday parties for other residents and other seasonal festivities. “This is like one big house. We all come together and work together hand-in-hand,” said Tressa Jefferson, property manager.

Developed by Woda Cooper Companies, Inc., the $12.2 million, 57-unit building includes 45 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units for seniors earning less than 60% of the area’s median income. Barley Square Apartments is also Enterprise Green Communities certified. It was built with green materials and the building is highly sealed and insulated. The commitment to helping the environment also includes Energy Star appliances and low water flow fixtures, which means low utility costs for tenants.  The development received a First Energy Rebate.

The primary source of funding was supported through Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), with an equity investment by Hudson Housing. Community Lenders provided long-term financing for the property.

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