Senior residents in affordable housing face unique challenges and opportunities to age in place. This community seeks to convene the vast array of social and health service providers, researchers, and administrators who serve the complex needs of aging populations.

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Report Thu, 12/03/2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, service coordinators played a pivotal role in the support of older adult residents of publicly funded housing properties. Some independent housing operators employ service coordinators to increase residents’ self-sufficiency, physical security, social connections, and the delivery of long-term community-based supportive services. This report presents results from a survey conducted between June 23 and July 17, 2020 to explore the experiences of these service coordinators during the early months of COVID-19. At the time of the survey, about one-third of respondents were aware of at least one resident on the property who had tested positive for COVID-19. The survey revealed the pandemic’s impact on the lives of older residents of publicly funded housing. Professional support systems that typically provided personal assistance and medical care were interrupted, threatening residents’ physical and mental health. Transportation and resource acquisition systems were also unsettled, creating barriers to activities of independent living such as shopping to acquire food and medication. Social challenges were particularly acute during the early months of the pandemic. Residents demonstrated signs of anxiety and loneliness as their typical experiences of community life were muted. And, while health guidelines and novel benefit programs emerged at a steady clip, communication systems had to be modified from largely in-person formats to accommodate a population of older adults without consistent access to technological platforms.
Community development, Housing, Mental health, Seniors
Shared by Housing Is on Dec 3, 2020
Research Mon, 08/05/2019

CLPHA developed a general data sharing template that public housing authorities (PHAs) and their health partners can customize to suit their data sharing and collaboration needs. Please feel free to comment to share any uses/modifications your organization made to implement into a partnership.
Affordable Care Act, CLPHA, Community development, Data sharing, Depression, Domestic violence, Dual-eligibles, Dual-generation, Health, Healthy homes, Housing, Low-income, Medicaid / Medicare, Mental health, Metrics, MTW, Obesity, Partnerships, Preventative care, Racial inequalities, Research, SAMHSA, Substance abuse, Sustainability, TA
Shared by Steve Lucas on Aug 5, 2019
News Article Tue, 01/08/2019
SNAP is the first line of defense against senior hunger and frees up funds for health care and housing. This is important because one way struggling seniors often meet rising health care and other costs is by cutting back on or skipping meals — coping strategies that can exacerbate existing health problems. SNAP improves the health and well-being of seniors by reducing the negative health impacts of food insecurity, including diabetes, hypertension and depression.
Author/Publisher: Joey Hentzler for The Topeka Capital-Journal
Shared by Housing Is on Jan 16, 2019