723 E. Lansing Unit 587 E, Idlewild, MI 49642
Idlewild Garden Housing is located in the historic community of Idlewild, Michigan. This USDA-RD-HUD elderly community is designed for those who are at least 62 years old and the disabled of any age. Rent is based on income and upper income limits may apply. Barrier-free apartments available. Idlewild Garden Housing is a 23-apartment community nestled in the woods, off the beaten path, between the two main lakes in Yates Township. A small pet is welcome with restrictions (ask for a copy of our Pet Policy.) Apartments overlook thriving wetlands, unique to the area.
Henrietta Summers Senior Center is located right next door, offering meals through St. Ann's Senior Meals program along with many other activities and events. Residents of Idlewild Garden Housing enjoy free Yates Dial-A-Ride service to and from the apartment community throughout Lake County.
Idlewild, located in rural west central Michigan, holds a special place in the nation's history. Founded in 1912, Idlewild represented freedom for many African Americans, being one of 30 resorts in the country where African Americans were permitted to vacation and purchase property before such discrimination became illegal in 1964. Commonly known as "Black Eden," Idlewild was an active, year-round community through the mid-1960s, frequented by well-known entertainers and professionals from throughout the country.
At its peak it was the most popular resort in the Midwest and as many as 25,000 would come to Idlewild in the height of the summer season to enjoy camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, roller skating and night-time entertainment. When the 1964 Civil Rights Act opened up other resorts to African-Americans, Idlewild's boomtown period subsided but the community continues to be an important place for vacationers and retirees. Idlewild also holds special meaning as a place for younger generations of African-Americans seeking to learn about their heritage.
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