Housing plus Services
Housing plus services is an exciting component of affordable senior housing, offering low-income seniors more opportunity to remain independent and in their own homes.
LeadingAge is working with HUD and Congress to create more opportunities for expanding and researching housing with services. This section provides updates on these national efforts as well as examples of LeadingAge members who are implementing successful housing plus services models in their communities.
In addition, the Leading Age Center for Applied Research has been studying the role that housing plus services could play in meeting the growing need for health and long-term services and supports among low-income elders. You can check out the Center for Applied Research’s work in housing plus services.
On Aug 27, the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission hosted a webcast forum of panelists who explored pressing issues in housing today.
All Service Coordinator and CHSP extension requests for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 are due to field staff by August 1, 2013. HUD estimates that there will be sufficient FY 2013 funds to fulfill all eligible grants that expire on or before Dec. 31, 2013, including a 2.1% increase over funds awarded or expended in FY 2012.
From May 2009 through June 2010, Adam Simning conducted 90-minute interviews with 190 residents living in 4 public housing high-rises in Rochester, NY. One in 4 older public housing residents in his study experienced some form of anxiety and depression.
The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) is designed to help older adults learn behavioral and problem-solving techniques that have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and improve quality of life.
Alisha Sanders, managing director of the LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services, didn’t understand the full significance of a Pennsylvania-based Housing Plus Services program until she spoke with a handful of residents who told her how the program had changed their lives.