Thursday, October 20, 2016

How Housing Matters sparks community program for seniors

by Amy Clark, National Housing Conference

When the sectors come together, change happens. That was certainly the case for Debora Keller of Bath Housing near Portland, Maine. As a new housing director, Keller sought innovative ways to serve senior citizens in her community.

As the Urban Institute’s Maya Brennan shares at HowHousingMatters.org, Deborah Keller needed to connect the dots between the housing and health sectors and seniors' well-being. When she heard about the How Housing Matters Conference, she knew she had to attend.

The one-day conference featured a packed agenda and diverse topics, including senior housing. It opened her eyes to the possibilities of collaboration to leverage Bath Housing's strengths and change more lives.

On the plane home, Keller drafted a plan and a list of partners. Within one year, a new program was off the ground: Community Aging in Place (CAP). As an alternative to elderly disabled housing, CAP provides home maintenance and accessibility modifications so seniors can age in place in their own homes.

Gain tools and partners to impact your own community with successful cross-sector initiatives. Register and attend How Housing Matters Conference 2016 to connect, collaborate and make change happen!

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