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Nesterly Home-Sharing Platform Expanding Beyond Boston

Nesterly, an inter-generational online matching service for older adults and college students is expanding their service for home-sharing and looking for local partners.

After a successful pilot with the City of Boston, Nesterly is expanding their service to the greater Boston area to include communities like Medford, Somerville, Newton and others. Specifically, Nesterly is looking to identify “hosts” to create listings for spare rooms using their simple signup process and match with an already strong number of students that have created profiles. Continue reading

Governor’s Housing Choice Designation Awarded to 67 Communities

The Baker-Polito Administration announced two milestones for communities in Massachusetts under their Housing Choice Initiative, a comprehensive new effort to create 135,000 new housing units by 2025.

The initiative, announced in December 2017, includes a new set of incentives and rewards for municipalities committed to sustainable housing growth in their communities. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the designation of 67 communities as Housing Choice Communities, and, in partnership with MassHousing, awarded Planning for Housing Production technical assistance grants to 15 municipalities. Both announcements will support communities in their efforts to substantially increase housing production across the Commonwealth.  Continue reading

UMB Gerontology Blog: Federal Tax Reform Puts Senior Affordable Housing in Danger

The growing number of older adults in Massachusetts and nationally are running up against a lack of affordable housing options and the situation is already in crisis mode, according to Len Fishman, director of the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute.

In the Gerontology Institute’s Blog, Fishman spotlights how the current affordable senior housing  crisis would be made worse by the US House of Representatives version of tax reform, which may force people out of communities where they have spent their lifetime in many cases.

As Fishman explains, “the most important remaining government program assisting the construction and preservation of affordable housing like that involves the tax-exempt private activity bonds and an accompanying 4 percent low-income housing tax credit.” Continue reading

Senior services symposium focuses on redefining housing for our aging population

Registration is now open for an upcoming senior services symposium to assist housing professionals, service providers, policy makers and others concerned about ensuring that older adults can actively age in community.

Older Adults, New Ground: Redefining Housing for Our Aging Population
Wednesday, October 4th
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Newbridge on the Charles | Dedham, MA

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn about best practices in the continuum of aging services in housing for low-income older adults.
  • Participate in workshops on relevant topics such as innovative partnerships in housing and services.
  • Learn how to advocate to help address the service and housing needs of aging adults.

Register now

Questions? Contact: OlderAdultsNewGround@EnterpriseCommunity.org

Boston Globe: Many of state’s elderly struggle to pay their bills

A recent Boston Globe article highlighted the state’s struggling performance on the elder economic security index, a tool developed by UMass Boston and promoted by healthy aging advocates.

As the article states, “More than 60 percent of single older adults in the state can’t afford food, housing, or other living expenses, the second-highest rate in the country, behind only Mississippi.” The problem is even more pronounced for women and people of color.

Turning to potential solutions, the article notes Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts and the Age-Friendly Communities movement, specifically the City of Boston’s 75-point action plan, which includes many elements aimed at bolstering an older adult resident’s ability to remain economically secure and independent.

Anyone interested in commenting to the Governor’s Council in regards to elder economic security, or any other suggestions to enhance the well-being of older adults in Massachusetts, can submit written comments here.

 

Making the Case for Aging in Community at the ASA Conference

Cross-posted from Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
By Amy Schectman, President and CEO, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
I attended a wonderful American Society on Aging conference. I learned many things and reinforced my knowledge of other areas. At the session I co-led with Ruth Palombo from the Tufts Health Foundation, we asked attendees to offer their suggestion on what we presented as a conundrum for professionals in our field: Continue reading