The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
In the coming decades, the share of the U.S. population that will be in their senior years will grow significantly, bringing with it the increased struggles of fragility and decline. Most will prefer not to age in an institutional setting, but rather in their own homes. Unfortunately, a shortage of affordable homes combined with a lack of experience serving seniors among affordable housing providers threatens the ability of low-income seniors to thrive in later years.
Enterprise’s Healthy Aging in Affordable Housing program, generously supported by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, will improve the health and well-being outcomes of low-income seniors living in affordable housing, with a specific emphasis on residents in Baltimore, MD.
We will bring together affordable housing development partners in a learning collaborative to develop and disseminate best practices, service recommendations, and financial tools that will help them better serve aging seniors – keeping them in their homes and providing them with the care and support they need. Additionally, aided by input from residents, we will pilot interventions by engaging with housing partners who serve large numbers of low-income seniors, including those within our own portfolio.
By helping seniors remain stably housed in their later years, we aim to ensure better health and quality of life for the population. There is also the added benefit of reduced living costs for residents and an inherent savings to the public resulting from a reduction in emergency medical services.