Groups working with older adults, including many community developers, are crafting a range of creative interventions, from home modifications to service-enriched housing models, to allow seniors to age in place. Will it be enough? ·
Our aging population is more economically and ethnically diverse than any before, and will require a greater and more varied inventory of housing stock. ·
As places for low- and moderate-income Americans to age in place, manufactured housing communities present an impressive array of advantages—and some financial risks. ·
To support older adults to safely age in community, we need to consider what they need out of banking—and what they need to be protected from. ·
Orness Plaza is one of the only public housing developments geared toward seniors and the disabled in Mankato,… ·
The demise of the federal program that funded senior housing construction bodes ill for the increasing numbers of low-income seniors who struggle to afford a decent place to live. ·
For high needs seniors with chronic illnesses, health is not merely—or even mostly—a matter for medical professionals. ·
As multigenerational households increase, some community groups are rethinking how to design homes and developments to bring generations together. ·
Ai-Jen Poo has been organizing with domestic workers for over 15 years, helping in New York to win some of the first statewide labor protections for occupations often exempt from labor laws, and expanding this campaign to a nationwide vision for a strong caregiving workforce and infrastructure for elder care. In 2014 she became a MacArthur Fellow, but this was hardly her first award. This visionary leader has, to name just a few, received the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship, the Ernest de Maio Award from the Labor Research Association, the Woman of Vision Award from Ms. Foundation for Women, the Alston Bannerman Fellowship for Organizers of Color, and the Twink Frey Visiting Scholar Fellowship at University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women. In 2012, she was listed as one of the Time magazine Time 100, and one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.” We caught up with Poo by phone on a Saturday while her children played in the background to talk about her work and how the community development world might connect with it. ·
Community lenders try to address the capital crunch faced by small businesses of color. ·
Private Property and Public Power: Eminent Domain in Philadelphia by Debbie Becher, Oxford University Press 2014.
Financial coaching and small business development services should be right up there next to learning English.
Noel Poyo · June 22, 2015
ROOFLINESblogging beyond bricks & mortar
A few months ago as I walked to a board meeting of my local CDFI, I passed a…