Justice in Aging Releases Research Brief on Reducing Barriers to Reentry for Older Adults Leaving Incarceration

Similar to a health impact assessment conducted by the Public Health Institute of Western Mass. on “Healthy Aging with a Criminal Record in Hampden County, MA” the organization Justice in Aging released an issue brief titled “Reducing Barriers to Reentry for Older Adults Leaving Incarceration.”

Justice in Aging notes in the report that the proportion of older adults in prison in the U.S. nearly tripled between 1999 and 2016, from 3 percent to 11 percent, and is projected to
increase to more than 30 percent by 2030.

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National Poll on Healthy Aging Shows Preparedness of Older Adults to ‘Age in Place’

New findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggest many people in their 50s, 60s and 70s need to do more to modify their homes or plan for services they may need if they want to avoid or delay needing to move.

In all, 88% of people between the ages of 50 and 80 said it was very or somewhat important to them that they live in their homes as long as possible. But only 15% said they’ve given a lot of consideration to how their home may need to be modified as they age, while 47% have given it little or no thought. Continue reading

Communities Can Apply for Housing Choice Designation to Receive Prioritization with State-Based Grant Programs

A Housing Choice Designation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts rewards communities that are producing new housing and have adopted best practices to promote sustainable housing development.

Communities that achieve the Housing Choice Community designation have exclusive access to apply for the Housing Choice Grant Program and receive bonus points or other considerations to certain state grant programs. Continue reading

Joint Center for Housing Studies Highlights Housing Insecurity Among Older Renters of Color

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University (JCHS) took “Household Pulse Survey” results from census data conducted on a weekly or biweekly basis since April 2020, which offers a detailed view of how households across the country have been impacted by the pandemic.

JCHS found disparities by race and ethnicity that became more pronounced among older renter households.

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