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Home for the Holidays Campaign Highlights Home Modification Options

Most older adults want to continue living in their homes as they age. Yet many homes often need to be adapted to meet the changing mobility, sensory and cognitive needs of the older adults who live in them.

Several resources for home modifications exist, from AARP’s HomeFit Guide to Age Friendly Berkshires’ “Aging in Place Workbook.”

Now, N4A and the Eldercare Locator have partnered with the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology on the 2019 Home for the Holidays campaign, which also focuses on home modifications and centers on an introductory guide. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Boston Tenant Organizing Program

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) is pleased to  announce the availability of approximately $75,000 in funding for the Boston Tenant Organizing Program (BTOP).

This program, administered on behalf of the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, supports tenant organizing activities in privately owned multifamily rental projects located in the City of Boston. Continue reading

New Report Shows Widening Housing Inequality Among Older Adults

Housing inequality is becoming increasingly evident among older Americans as the number of older households climbs to unprecedented levels, according to Housing America’s Older Adults 2019, a new report being released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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Governor Announces Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 63 Communities

Governor Baker and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently awarded $34 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Awards to support a variety of housing, community and economic development projects in 63 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Many of these projects are helping cities and towns become more Age-Friendly through improvements to a community’s physical environment. Continue reading

Innovative Stable Housing Initiative Hosting ‘Idea Incubator’ Event

The Innovative Stable Housing Initiative (ISHI) is a pilot project funded by Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Determination of Need Community Health Initiative. The ISHI Upstream Fund resources support ideas that will make lasting changes in policies or systems to help residents find safe and healthy housing and help residents at risk of losing their home/apartment/housing.

Join Health Resources in Action in shaping a process that will give out almost $900,000 in grants to support housing policy and systems change in Boston.

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ISHI Announces Inquiry of Ideas to Improve Housing Policies and Systems

The Innovative Stable Housing Initiative (ISHI) requests ideas from the Boston community (including individual or groups of residents, coalitions, or organizations) regarding what housing policies and systems should be changed and how. This Inquiry of Ideas (IOI) opportunity is the first step in designing a grantmaking process that is responsive to the needs of the community. Continue reading

CHAPA Accepting New Communities for Municipal Engagement Initiative

Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for 2-3 new communities to join their Municipal Engagement Initiative. To obtain an application, please go to this website to start the process. Complete applications must be submitted via email to Dana LeWinter, Municipal Engagement Director, at dlewinter@chapa.org by 5 PM on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grants

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant Program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.  USDA will award a total of $15,888,420 in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units.

More information is listed below and at the grant webpage on the USDA website. Continue reading