Learning Collaborative for Affordable Senior Housing With ServicesEnterprise, LeadingAge and SAHF are piloting a new platform for innovation to test models that improve service delivery to low-income seniors in affordable housing, which will:
- Improve seniors’ health and service outcomes
- Generate cost savings for the health care system
Vision for an Aging PopulationAffordable housing with services is an effective and cost-effective approach to meeting the needs of the large and rapidly growing population of older Americans. The Learning Collaborative is a pilot project designed to enable twelve 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 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; and empower providers to participate in the policy dialogue on housing and services for elderly program development and financing at state and national levels.
Elevate Promising ModelsParticipating teams will build their knowledge and capacity through peer-to-peer learning opportunities that include in-person meetings, conference calls, webinars and other virtual activities. Over the course of two years, the teams will share promising 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 TeamsThe following teams (consisting of nonprofit, affordable, 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:
- Cathedral Square Corporation with Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (Vt.) Team Profile
- Mercy Housing with Institute on Aging and San Francisco Department of Public Health (Calif.) Team Profile
- Selfhelp Community Services with SinglePoint Care Network, Jewish Home Lifecare, and New York Hospital Medical Center Queens (N.Y.) Team Profile
To expand the world of possibilities for aging, LeadingAge members and affiliates touch the lives of four 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 over 30 countries. The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, education and applied research. We promote home health, hospice, community-based services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, nursing homes as well as technology solutions and person-centered practices that support the overall health and wellbeing of seniors, children and those with special needs.
Launched in 2003, SAHF has 12 sophisticated not-for-profit members who acquire, preserve and are committed to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors and disabled individuals. 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 across the country. 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.
Program Director, Senior Housing
Enterprise Community Partners
Senior Policy Research Associate – Center for Applied Research