Author Archives: Carrie Paine, Director of Policy - Housing and HCBS

Growing our Aging Services Family

On November 16, the Obama Administration announced the 2010 and 2011 grant funding for the Section 202 Capital Advance program. Section 202 provides housing for very low-income seniors, age 62 or older who are at our below 50 percent of median income, however, many households that receive assistance earn less than 30 percent of the median income. These grants help non-profit organizations produce accessible, housing, offer rental assistance and facilities supportive services.

California received nine Section 202 Capital Advance grant awards, six of which went to members of Aging Services of California., Petaluma Ecumenical Properties, Retirement Housing Foundation each received two grant awards. In total, these six new communities will add 279 new units of affordable senior housing.

Communities will be built using a host of innovative design aspects including: green technology, universal design, accessibility to public transportation, community-building common space, or access to supportive services. We wish to congratulate each organization who received an award, and we look forward welcoming these communities into the Aging Services family.

A complete description of each project can be accessed here.


Celebrating PEP Housing

Yesterday, Joanne Handy and I attended PEP Housing’s ceremony celebrating their 2011 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing for Casa Grande Senior Apartments in Petaluma.  The award is a high honor, received only by a handful of top affordable housing communities nationwide, bestowed upon Casa Grande due to their green features, universal design and service enriched housing for seniors. They will receive $50,000 in unrestricted grant money to further their mission.   Aging Services of California presented a certificate of appreciation, along with presenters, David Glass, Mayor of Petaluma, and a representative of Assembly member Jared Huffman’s office honoring PEP Housing’s work. PEP Housing will also be recognized at the LeadingAge Annual Conference, October 16 -19 in Washington, DC.

Click here to find out more about their prestigious award.


How Health Insurance Reform Will Benefit California

The Obama Administration recently releasead a report about how insurance reform will benefit individual states. Continue reading