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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

AARP Revamps and Re-Releases HomeFit Guide

The HomeFit Guide from AARP has been a reliable resource for age-friendly efforts in helping homeowners consider modifications that improve safety and a person’s ability to remain independent.

Now, the guide has gone through a revamp to continue supporting communities consider housing that works for people of all ages. Continue reading

MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 8/13/20

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading

UMass Gerontology Institute Measures COVID-19 Impact on State’s Older Adults

A recent report by researchers from the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute examines these consequences for the older population in Massachusetts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront common obstacles experienced by older people, and also exacerbated challenges related to income, housing, nutrition, medical care, and emotional wellbeing. The work of community organizations meant to meet the needs of older adults is more critical than ever during this public health crisis.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative also believes this points to the importance of creating and advancing age-and dementia friendly communities as well. Continue reading

New Communities Added to State’s Housing Choice Program

The Housing Choice Designation is part of the Baker Administration’s strategy to produce 135,000 new housing units by 2025 to meet the high demand of housing across the state. The program also advances age-friendly housing options and best practices to help meet the demand of those looking to age in community. Continue reading

MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 7/17-7/23

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading