Recognizing Excellence

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of all the great work the members of Aging Services of California do each and every day. Trying to figure out how to provide quality care for older adults in the face of an ever changing landscape, we understandably tend to focus on the challenges more than the successes. That’s why I was so excited to learn recently that one of our members was recognized nationally for their work.

PEP Housing, a nonprofit that develops and manages affordable housing with services for older adults and people with disabilities, was awarded the 2011 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing for Casa Grande Senior Apartments in Petaluma, Calif.

Casa Grande is not only a “Build-It-Green” certified project, it also is the first green-rated multifamily affordable housing community in Sonoma County. I had a chance to tour Casa Grande last month, and let me tell you, I was impressed. PEP has been able to  drastically reduce its electricity and water usage while providing the nearly 60 residents with a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. In many respects, they have created a new standard for what it means to develop affordable housing.

PEP Housing was one of only four organizations in the United States to receive the MetLife Foundation Award. The foundation also has honored Aging Services members in previous years. In 2010, Satellite Housing was recognized for its work on St. Patrick’s Terrace in Oakland, Calif. And in 2009, two members received the award: Episcopal Senior Communities for Mission Creek Senior Community in San Francisco and Mercy Housing California for Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto, Calif.

We in California like to think of ourselves as innovators who help set the agenda for the rest of the country. Whether it’s in the development of affordable senior housing or the delivery of home and community-based services, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve.

It’s great to see others join us in recognizing the passion and commitment with which our members fulfill their missions.

Joanne Handy
President & CEO
Aging Services of California

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