Union County senior citizens are asking for help after a proposed independent living apartment complex for seniors was struck down.
Now, Stallings Town Council members are weighing plans for another complex, an 84-unit facility off Chestnut Road.
Advocates at the Union County Council on Aging say affordable independent living rental units are sorely needed.
"We need to be planning for the needs of the older adults, because we are going to have so many of them," said director Linda Smosky.
Smosky said within the next decade, tens of thousands of aging baby boomers will need to downsize into smaller rental homes, but still want to maintain an active lifestyle, unlike which is offered at nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
"They want to be in a place where it's safe, affordable and convenient, but they have neighbors who can be supportive of them," Smosky said.
Currently there is only one such facility in all of Union County, a subsidized housing complex for those 62 and over, called Cotton Street Commons. Officials said the waiting list for prospective residents is nearly two years long.
Last week, Monroe city leaders voted against a plan for a 72-unit complex off Secrest Road, citing traffic concerns.
But senior citizens who talked to Channel 9 expressed dismay that city and county leaders were ignoring a growing problem for an aging population.
"There are people who don't have a network. Where do they go?" asked senior Mary Gallozzi.