First-hand knowledge about how to develop service-enriched housing models wasn’t the only souvenir that a group of U.S. and international senior housing providers brought home from a mid-September Housing Plus Services Study Tour in New England.

Visitors to 5 affordable housing communities in Massachusetts and Vermont also brought home a valuable collection of important lessons that “are seldom taught and less often shared,” according to IAHSA Program Administrator Alla Rubinstein

The study tour was co-sponsored by the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA).

6 Lessons in 6 Days from the Housing Plus Services Study Tour

Writing in a post-tour blog, Rubinstein recounts 6 lessons that she and her fellow travelers learned during their 6-day tour. Read more about these lessons on

  1. You can make anything happen with volunteers.
  2. Maintenance staff are the eyes and ears of your community.
  3. If you don’t ask (for funding), you won’t receive. 
  4. Take risks. 
  5. Intergenerational programs are essential, not optional. 
  6. Invite your greater community into your housing property.

Housing Plus Services Study Tour Leaders

The Housing Plus Services Study Tour was led by Dr. Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, and Alisha Sanders, the center’s senior policy research associate. 

The tour included stops at: