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Building, preserving, and operating affordable housing for seniors, both single family and multifamily rental, in rural America presents challenges and opportunities.
The winter edition of the Housing Assistance Council’s publication Rural Voices was devoted entirely to affordable housing for seniors as a critical concern as the rural population ages, addressing issues around both single family and multifamily rental housing.
The issue included an article about Housing with Services that I wrote with Dr. Robyn Stone, executive director of our Center for Applied Research.
The magazine provides an overview of the state of seniors in rural America and then provides case studies of various programs:
The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is the pre-eminent public policy, advocacy, training and technical assistance and below market interest lending organization for housing and community development in rural America concentrating primarily on low and modest income families.
They were awarded a generous grant by the Atlantic Philanthropies to address the issues of an aging rural population. Under the grant HAC established a Rural Senior Housing Initiative (RSH) with the goal of improving the quality, safety and availability of affordable rural housing for low- and very-low income seniors.
RSH is working to build the capacity of local organizations to meet the increasing housing needs of an increasing senior population.
Their plan has a goal of building, preserving, or rehabilitating some 500 homes and apartments.
The workshop costs $50.00 and is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
LeadingAge member Cathedral Square Corporation and LeadingAge Vermont are co-sponsoring the event.