Independent Living & Affordable Housing

Add the convenience of maintenance-free, pet-friendly living to your daily routine with our independent living community in the heart of Austin, Minnesota. Walking distance from both Lafayette and Bandshell Community Parks on the Cedar River, the St. Mark’s Apartments put you close to local attractions and your favorite activities. Leave behind seasonal chores and focus your energy instead on everything you love to do. It’s a small but meaningful luxury supported by the full continuum of care available on our campus. Get ready to remove leaf raking from your list—for good.

Affordable Housing for Eligible Adults with Low Income

St. Mark’s Independent Living community reserves 18 of its 48 units for income-eligible applicants who pay rent directly or have an individual housing voucher (i.e. Section 8). We welcome applicants age 62 or better and/or adults with a qualifying disability. Applicants are qualified based on annual income, earning 30-60% of Mower County, MN Area Median Income.

To apply or learn more about our affordable housing, income eligibility, housing vouchers, or qualifying disabilities, contact our Independent Living HUD supervisor today.

Apartment Features

Enjoy maintenance-free living in a Studio or 1-Bedroom apartment home with quick and convenient access to indoor and outdoor community spaces.

  • Full kitchen
  • Spacious walk-in closets
  • Walk-in showers or bath tubs
  • In-unit Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Basic utilities and garbage removal included
  • Pet-friendly living

Community Amenities

Connect with your favorite people and pastimes in shared spaces throughout a friendly community of neighbors.

  • Flex your independence with private, off-street parking
  • Enjoy the convenience of single-level, ground floor living with shared community clothes washers and dryers
  • Entertain family and friends in the Activities Room with kitchen and meal prep area
  • Socialize with neighbors over activities, coffee hour, and life-enrichment programs
  • Lounge in the outdoor gardens with waterfall feature
  • Easily stock up on necessities with pharmacy and grocery deliver
  • Take advantage of scheduled transportation
  • Catch up on your favorite reading in the Library
  • Feel and look your best with an on-site beautician in an attached building
  • Move to the front of the line with priority care status on our full continuum of care campus
  • Have peace of mind with 24-hour controlled access

A little help with a big decision.

Nurture your independence.

“I moved in and I’m really glad I made that decision! I love my corner apartment—it’s all on one level and we have so many options for things to do and different apartment sizes to choose from.”
– Merle

Did You Know?

You say retirement home, we say independent living community. Where retirement home is a general term, independent living describes a specific kind of senior housing where residents enjoy private apartments with full kitchens, private parking and a host of convenient community amenities to nourish an active lifestyle.