"Our government is making possible with us something that is essential," he told an audience of about 90 Lutheran Social Services officials and residents, local government officials and other guests.
Site preparation for the building is under way and the three-story Colonial brick apartment house is expected to be ready for occupancy in November.
"We're providing our older citizens with housing in safety and comfort that they can afford," said Phyllis Conrad, who will manage Luther Ridge Manor.
The HUD grant approval came in 1995. Luther Ridge Executive Director Ellie Ford said Lutheran Social Services competed with a number of other organizations for the grant.
Chief Financial Officer Robert L. Rundle Jr. said anyone 62 years old with an income of about $15,000 or less, or couples earning about $17,000 will be eligible to live in the apartment complex. The amount of rent they pay will be based on their income.
Disabled people also will be eligible to live at Luther Ridge Manor.
Applications for apartments will be available in August at the Lutheran Social Services offices at Luther Ridge.
The 600-square-foot apartments will have one bedroom, a living room, galley kitchen and bathroom. All will be accessible to the handicapped and some will have features for deaf and blind tenants, according to a project summary.
Luther Ridge already has 150 people living in townhouses and its personal care facility, Ford said. She said construction will soon begin on 11 more units.
Development began there in 1988 with the offices of Lutheran Home Care Services and Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
Based in York, Pa., Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania operates five campuses in Franklin, Fulton, Adams and York counties. Brndjar said the organization operates a 60-unit, HUD-sponsored apartment complex in York County.