Learning Collaborative for Affordable Senior Housing with Services

Enterprise, LeadingAge and SAHF are piloting the Learning Collaborative, a project to test models that improve service delivery to low-income seniors in affordable housing. The goals of collaborative are to:

  • Improve seniors’ health and service outcomes
  • Generate cost savings for the health care system

Vision for an Aging Population

Affordable housing with services is a cost-effective approach to meeting the needs of the large and rapidly growing population of older Americans. The Learning Collaborative is designed to enable 12 participating teams of nonprofit housing providers and their community-based health and/or service partners to develop, share and explore replicable strategies for integrated housing and services that improve the health and well-being of low-income seniors in affordable housing, while generating cost savings to the health care system.

Formed by a unique partnership among Enterprise Community Partners, LeadingAge and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, the collaborative will:

  • Encourage deep partnerships among affordable housing, health and service providers
  • Facilitate the exchange of lessons and collaborative development of innovative ideas
  • Enhance participating providers’ capacity to carry out their strategies
  • Empower providers to participate in state and national policy dialogues about program development and financing for affordable housing and supportive services for the elderly

Elevate Promising Models

Participating teams will build their knowledge and capacity through peer-to-peer learning opportunities that will include in-person meetings, conference calls, webinars and other virtual activities. Over the course of two years, the teams will share their practices, assess progress in implementing successful housing-plus-services models and develop regulatory and financing proposals that could help bring these models to scale.

Participant Teams

The following teams (consisting of nonprofit, affordable and independent housing providers, their service provider partners and other government, community and foundation partners) will meet to develop and refine their housing-plus-services models over the course of two years:

Enterprise Collaborators

To expand the world of possibilities for aging, LeadingAge members and affiliates touch the lives of 4 million individuals, families, employees and volunteers every day. The LeadingAge community includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations in the United States, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations and a broad global network of aging-services organizations that reach more than 30 countries.

LeadingAge focuses on advocacy, education and applied research. The organization promotes home health, hospice, community-based services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities and nursing homes, as well as technology solutions and person-centered practices that support the overall health and well-being of seniors, children and those with special needs.

Launched in 2003, SAHF has 12 sophisticated not-for-profit members who acquire, preserve and commit to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Together, SAHF members own and operate housing in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—providing homes to more than 96,000 low-income households.

SAHF's members promote their shared ownership objective, which embraces the notion that stable, affordable rental homes are critically important in people's lives. Through their deal flow, SAHF's members stay on top of policy and marketplace developments nationwide. They come face-to-face almost daily with barriers to preservation of affordable housing for the poor, which enables them to discern patterns. Seeing the patterns and having the expertise, SAHF works with its members to develop policy solutions that work.



Alisha Sanders
Senior Policy Research Associate – Center for Applied Research