The online application is available for the 2019 round to designate Housing Choice Communities, according to the Housing Choice webpage on Mass.gov and the Mass. Municipal Association. This initiative presents an opportunity for communities seeking to become more Age-Friendly that identify “housing” as an area of need.
The Housing Choice Initiative assists local governments to expand housing production by providing new grants, coordinating technical assistance across various housing agencies, and promoting regulatory innovation. Continue reading
Just as the housing needs of individuals change over a lifetime unprecedented shifts in both demographics and lifestyle have fundamentally transformed our nation’s housing requirements. Continue reading
Commonwealth Magazine featured an opinion piece by President and CEO of 2Life Communities and MHAC Executive Committee Member Amy Schectman on how “aging in community” is preferable to “aging in place. Continue reading
The desire to live safely and comfortably in our own homes and communities as we grow older is shared around the world, but making it happen is not always easy. To identify successful age-friendly housing innovations and encourage their dissemination, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) launched Innovation@Home — a competition and call for international age-friendly housing practices.
The Innovation@Home winners were announced at the 2018 International Technical Meeting on Ageing at Home, in Québec City, Canada, where representatives from all three groups had the opportunity to make presentations about their programs.
A list of contest winners is available here. Continue reading
Fannie Mae recently announced a call for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing. The application period is open until November 1, 2018.
This Call for Ideas is part of The Innovation Challenge, a key component of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative challenging public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life. Continue reading
The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $5 million in awards to 31 communities throughout the Commonwealth through two new grant programs under the Housing Choice Initiative.
The Housing Choice Initiative, introduced by Governor Charlie Baker in December 2017, is a comprehensive effort to support the creation of 135,000 new housing units by 2025 to meet the housing needs of Massachusetts’s families, workforce and residents. The Housing Choice Initiative provides incentives, rewards and technical assistance reform to encourage and empower municipalities to plan and build the diverse housing stock that the Commonwealth needs to continue to thrive. Continue reading
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, and the 13 other communities of the Metro Mayors Coalition today announced a new regional housing production goal for coalition cities and towns to meet the demands of a robust regional economy and a growing population in Boston and surrounding areas. Continue reading
Recognizing that service coordinators in affordable senior housing properties play an invaluable role in linking residents to benefits and resources in the community and supporting them as they age, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs surveyed owners/property managers of 1,182 affordable senior housing properties to assess the availability of these positions.
These properties represented over 104,000 housing units for seniors including: Continue reading
There is just one week left to apply to be a Municipal Engagement Community through the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative seeks to build support for affordable housing production in communities across the Commonwealth and could benefit communities seeking to become Age-Friendly. Continue reading
The Kresge Foundation is offering a funding opportunity that aims to support innovative, multi-sector solutions to housing instability, generated by community residents, that improve housing affordability and quality through policy and practice changes. Continue reading