The Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative

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LeadingAge, Enterprise Community Partners, and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future are piloting a new Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative that includes teams of nonprofit affordable housing properties and service providers in their communities.

LeadingAge, Enterprise Community Partners, and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future are piloting a new Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative that includes teams of nonprofit affordable housing properties and service providers in their communities. The Learning Collaborative will support housing providers as they develop strategies to coordinate and deliver health and supportive services to their residents.  

What is the purpose of the Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative? 

Housing experts have long believed that Housing Plus Services models could help older residents of affordable housing communities live independently for longer. The services and supports deployed through these models have the potential to prevent avoidable hospitalizations among these residents and to help them avoid premature placement in higher levels of care, such as skilled nursing homes.

Community teams participating in the Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative will foster the development of Housing Plus Services solutions that are comprehensive, replicable, financeable, and integrated with larger community initiatives. Team members will work together to:

  • Identify the essential elements and practices of promising Housing Plus Services strategies.
  • Develop indicators and mechanisms to measure whether these models can improve health outcomes for seniors while creating cost savings for the health care system. 
  • Explore how regulatory and financing models could help bring these models to scale so they can serve the large and rapidly growing population of older Americans. 

Who is participating in the Learning Collaborative? 

Twelve community teams consisting of housing providers and their community partners participate in the Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative. Members include:

How will the Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative work?

Community teams participating in the Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative will use their combined knowledge, expertise and experience to develop tools and materials that can be shared with the broader housing field. Team members will build their knowledge and capacity through peer-to-peer learning opportunities that include in-person meetings, conference calls, webinars, and other virtual activities. 

A virtual web-based “cloud” platform will facilitate ongoing dialogue and exchange and the sharing of documents and resources.

How can housing providers learn more about the Learning Collaborative?

For information about the Housing Plus Services Learning Collaborative, contact Alisha Sanders, manager of the LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services or Cheryl Gladstone, program director for senior housing at Enterprise Community Partners.