In Gilbert, Arizona, national home builder Taylor Morrison has announced plans to build and donate an initial six fully furnished homes to the Banner Health Foundation. Supporting Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center's Home Away from Home program, the six homes will provide housing assistance to patients who travel far distances for care at Banner MD Anderson.
"Treatment is complex and emotional, but, through our donation, we treasure the opportunity to flex our strengths as a home builder to build places of sanctuary for patients and their loved ones while they navigate this challenging time in their lives," says Taylor Morrison chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer. "For Taylor Morrison to play a role in offering some relief and enabling patients to focus on healing is such a gift."
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom homes will feature floor plans from the builder's newly introduced build-to-rent brand, Yardly. Each cottage will include a kitchen, laundry, and a gathering room and will be pet-friendly, with doggy doors and private backyards.
Upon completion, the community will have a total of 16 homes, adjacent to the Banner Gateway Medical Center campus where Banner MD Anderson is located. Taylor Morrison will start phase one of building the six of 16 homes in summer 2023 and estimates completion by summer 2024.
In 2021, thousands of patients traveled over 30 miles each way for care at Banner MD Anderson, with 330 of those patients coming from out of state. The new housing will help more than 60 patients each year by providing the assurance of a comfortable and safe home while receiving treatment nearby.
"We are deeply grateful to Taylor Morrison's generosity because for many patients, having a place to stay without the financial burden is the difference between receiving care or not," says Michael Herring, CEO at Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.
"Hope and healing can be found in something as simple as a safe and comfortable bed and a good night's rest. With all the concerns and feelings going through a patient's mind, a home nearby provides such relief and one less thing to worry about."