Monthly Archives: September 2020

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Closing the Digital Divide with State IT Grant

During the pandemic, addressing social isolation and loneliness has gained greater and renewed awareness along with a focus on the “digital divide” among older adults.

There are several layers to connecting people of any age with internet access, including affordable and reliable service, the equipment necessary for internet connection, access to devices and the knowledge to utilize those devices. MHAC is promoting a funding opportunity that can help connect affordable housing sites with the equipment to access internet service. Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: How We Can Prevent an Elder Eviction Crisis in Massachusetts

The following is a guest blog post by Betsey Crimmins, Senior Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services:

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Baker signed a statewide eviction moratorium on April 20, 2020 which prevented all but “essential” evictions and the issuance of eviction notices to tenants.

This moratorium is scheduled to end on October 17, 2020 and we are expecting a flood of eviction cases including many older adults who live in public and subsidized housing as well as private market rentals. Continue reading

COVID-19 Community Impact Survey Released by DPH with Focus on Diverse Residents, Older Adults

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) – an online survey aimed at collecting data to better understand and identify the social, economic, and health needs and inequities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic – is now live and ready for you and all of your professional and personal contacts to take.

For this to be a successful effort that will help lead to positive change, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health needs your help disseminating and championing the survey. Continue reading

N4A, engAGED Recognize Age Strong Boston’s Civic Academy as a Best Practice for Keeping Older Adults Engaged

engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults is a national effort to increase social engagement among older adults. Administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with funding from the U.S. Administration for Community
Living—and in collaboration with Generations United, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes—engAGED identifies and disseminates information about emerging trends, resources and replication strategies that the Aging
Network can customize to engage older adults in their communities. Continue reading

Low-Income Voice, Broadband Discounts Available Through ‘Lifeline’ Program

Recognizing that not everyone can afford the cost of a voice or broadband connection, the Lifeline Program provides a monthly discount for eligible low-income consumers on a wireless or residential voice, broadband or voice-broadband bundled service from a certified Massachusetts Lifeline Provider.

Although there are several providers participating in the Lifeline program in Massachusetts, each eligible household can only subscribe to one Lifeline service. Consumers qualify for Lifeline by having income of 135 percent or below of the federal poverty guidelines or by participating in one of the following public assistance programs: Continue reading