Garden Village is a model of how to create healthy housing. The development was the first project in the country to implement a new HUD Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program that enables disabled individuals to transition from nursing homes and other institutions to independent living. These residents benefit from an array of community-based services that are tailored to their needs. The project grew out of the renovation of a troubled apartment complex. Domus worked with the lending institution and several municipal agencies to acquire and rehabilitate a property that suffered from crime, mold damage, and severe disrepair. Domus created a financing structure that preserved affordability and funded critically important repairs and renovations. Garden Village includes several improvements to accommodate families by creating a new, expanded community center, offering free after-school program, replacing a playground, creating community gardens, and reconfiguring some existing units into three-bedroom apartments to house large families.