Financial woes cited for Rockfellow House closure

Skye Kinkade
All the blinds are closed at 185 Rockfellow Drive now that its six residents have been relocated elsewhere. Rockfellow House, which provided housing for developmentally disabled adults, was forced to close its doors due to financial difficulties earlier this month.

Citing financial difficulties, Rockfellow House, which has provided housing for disabled adults in Mount Shasta for more than 30 years, closed its doors earlier this month.

The home’s six residents have all been relocated to other facilities in Redding, said Rockfellow Housing, Inc. board member Keith Anderson.

A sixth resident is currently staying with a friend until he finds a new assignment, according to Anderson.

The majority of those residents have been living there for a while, some several years, said Siskiyou Opportunity Center Executive Director Steve Rogers.

With Rockfellow House’s closure, Siskiyou County has two remaining residences specifically for developmentally disabled adults, Rogers added.

Rockfellow House, Inc.’s three-person board of directors made the decision to close on Oct. 31, Anderson said, because the operation was “no longer financially viable.”

The facility was operated with funding from the residents’ disability benefits, Anderson said. It was originally incorporated in 1984 as an activity of the Siskiyou Opportunity Center, and later amended to Rockfellow Housing, Inc., according to a statement from the organization’s board.

Rockfellow House could accommodate six handicapped adult residents in five bedrooms. One bedroom was a double bed unit, said Anderson. Though residents, most with developmental disabilities, were not supervised, they were “looked after,” he said.

The house itself, located at 185 Rockfellow Drive, was purchased with a Housing and Urban Development loan, Anderson said. Next week, the board will be speaking with HUD representatives to see what they should do with the property.

Anderson called his time on the board “a wonderful experience.”

“Over the years the employees and board of directors have thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to serve and provide housing for developmentally disabled adults, and are very proud of their collective achievements,” according to the statement.