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Governor Baker Announces Vaccine Equity Initiative, Opens Eligibility to Age 65+

The Baker Administration announced a targeted outreach initiative in 20 cities and towns most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and  $1M to the MA League of Community Health Centers to support vaccination in historically underserved communities.

The Administration also announced separately that individuals ages 65 and older, individuals living with two or more medical conditions that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and residents and staff of senior affordable housing​ are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. With this announcement, almost 1 million individuals are newly eligible for vaccine. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Mass Service Alliance, Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

Massachusetts Service Alliance – Due Date: Feb. 5th

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) announces the release of a second Request for Proposals for COVID-19 relief efforts. MSA seeks to award grants of up to $4,000 to support volunteer community service projects and volunteer capacity-building initiatives needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

LGBT Aging 2025: Strategies for Achieving a Healthy and Thriving LGBT Older Adult Community in Massachusetts

A new report from The Fenway Institute finds that older LGBTQ adults in the Commonwealth report being diagnosed with depression at twice the rate of their straight, cisgender peers, and are twice as likely to fall and be injured in a fall over the past year.

It also finds that while older LGBTQ adults are more likely to hold a college degree, they are more likely to report having had difficulty paying for housing or food over the past year. LGBTQ older adults living in rural areas of the state expressed concern about the lack of options for LGBTQ-affirming health care, as well as their on-going experiences with strong anti-LGBTQ prejudice and harassment in public settings and senior housing. 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