HHS and HUD Announce Expanded Partnership, New Housing and Services Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the expansion of a partnership established earlier this year to improve access to affordable, accessible housing and the critical services that make community living possible.

The partners also announced the launch of a national Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) as the hub of this coordinated federal effort. Continue reading

50 Community Organizations Receive Funding from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced 50 community organizations across the region, including 10 in Massachusetts, will receive a total of $500,000 in Momentum Fund grants to advance health equity and support community resilience. The organizations serve people disproportionately affected by the pandemic after years of system inequities, especially older people. Continue reading

‘Quick and Creative Street Projects’ Report from Barr, Solomon Foundations Display Impact of Local Projects

Among the ways communities adapted during the pandemic was to make simple, but impactful changes to streets and public spaces that spurred economic activity, improved walkability and enhanced safe gathering spaces.

The Barr Foundation and the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation released a report called “Quick and Creative Street Projects: Measuring the Impact in Mass,” which puts on display a number of local projects that made it easier to get outside, commute and meet.

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Seeking Statewide Input for the ReiMAgine Aging Year Three Progress Report

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs is leading a team that is looking to capture the incredible age- and dementia-friendly work done across the Commonwealth for our collective annual progress report for ReiMAgine Aging, the Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan.

The upcoming version will be the third year of the progress report that reflect work from communities, regions, organizational partners and a range of stakeholders from all parts of the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassTrails, Land and Water Conservation Grant Program

MHAC previously announced that the MassTrails grant program is open. The program provides matching grants to communities, public entities, and non-profit organizations to plan, design, create, and maintain the diverse network of trails, trail systems, and trails experiences.

As part of an announcement of information about MassTrails, MHAC learned of another funding opportunity called the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program.

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Tools to Help Older Adults Prepare for 3G Network Shutdowns Shared by NCLER

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and as covered in many media outlets, including the Boston Globe, mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks, which rely on older technology, to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G.

This also impacts certain medical devices and MHAC has learned of companies going through major processes of upgrading devices like Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). Continue reading