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CCH Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Westlake Christian Terrace East

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imurillo@cchnc.org

On Tuesday, May 12, CCH will be celebrating the grand re-opening of Westlake Christian Terrace East, a recently renovated 200-unit complex offering affordable housing for low-income seniors. Festivities will occur between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm as part of an Affordable Housing Week celebration sponsored by East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO).

Built in 1968 by CCH, Westlake Christian Terrace East is among the oldest affordable housing communities in Oakland serving low income seniors.  With a diverse population of residents that reflect the local community, Westlake is the flagship facility for CCH and a major hub of senior housing and services.  In the past two years, all 200 apartments were upgraded with new bathrooms and kitchens.  The $58 million project includes building improvements to seismic strength, energy efficiency and accessibility, and construction of 23 additional parking spaces, a computer center and new outdoor seating area.

CCH CEO and President Don Stump states, “We are truly grateful for the support received from the City of Oakland, our valued partners and investors.  The project serves as an example of what is possible when invested parties collaborate to serve the greater good.  Together, we have ensured that this community will continue to serve as affordable housing for the seniors of this City for the next 50 years. ”

Visit www.cchnc.org for more information.

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ABHOW’s Travis Hanna Elected President of the Affordable Housing Management Association of Northern California and Hawaii

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Contact: Chelsea Richardson, Signal Hill
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All for one, and one for all.

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The credo for “The Three Musketeers” rings true for ABHOW and its relationship with the affordable senior housing profession.

The organization’s belief that individual success should be shared across the profession inspired the Affordable Housing Management Association of Northern California and Hawaii (AHMA-NCH) to elect ABHOW leader Travis Hanna as president at the group’s annual conference in September.

Hanna, a 23-year veteran of the profession, sees association leadership as a way to fulfill ABHOW’s mission to enhance the independence, well-being and security of older people. He knows that working with like-minded groups creates synergy, stimulates change and inspires new ideas – something he looks forward to in his new role.

As president of AHMA-NCH, a regional affiliate of the national organization, Hanna will leverage his skills to cultivate relationships among organizations with parallel missions. Specifically, Hanna intends to increase the association’s membership and drive attendance for training events as well as the group’s annual conference.

“As an active participant in AHMA-NCH, ABHOW is able to collaborate with organizations that have similar missions,” Hanna says. “We come together to learn from one another and affect change. For example, one important role of AHMA-NCH is to ensure that organizations like ABHOW have a voice in Washington, D.C.”

As ABHOW’s vice president of operations for affordable housing, Hanna oversees day-to-day operations for 33 communities. Through these communities, Hanna and his colleagues continue to address a pressing need for affordable housing. Today, 47 percent of adults surveyed experience unstable or insecure housing situations at some point in their lives, according to the 2014 How Housing Matters survey.

Ancel Romero, ABHOW’s senior vice president for affordable housing, has worked alongside Hanna for more than eight years. He says Hanna’s leadership will be mutually beneficial for ABHOW and AHMA-NCH.

“Partnerships and positive peer relationships are crucial to success in the ever-evolving affordable housing world,” Romero says. “Organizations that lend their expertise to others, that learn from them in turn, and operate in a spirit of transparency and supportiveness are better able to fulfill their mission of service.”

Hanna demonstrates that spirit of supportiveness every day by equipping fellow professionals to take new knowledge and skills back to their communities. In addition to his job with ABHOW and new role as AHMA-NCH president, Hanna works through the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) as a certified instructor to keep those in his field current on affordable housing topics.

He is an instructor for the Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) course and designation, which teaches HUD rules and regulations. He also teaches the Fair Housing Certification Course, which educates the profession about fair housing and civil rights laws. Additionally, Hanna teaches the Specialist in Housing Credit Management course, which provides certification for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

Hanna has served as acting president of AHMA-NCH for approximately six months and began his two-year term as president in January.

2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals: Deadline July 31

The 2015 Annual Conference is built around LeadingAge California’s Strategic initiatives of developing “out of the box” innovative programs that will enrich the care and services of California’s growing aging population. The primary areas of programming will include workforce development (specifically cultivating leadership and attracting new talent to the field of aging), increasing and expanding the use of technology in all care settings and stimulating innovation in the aging field and advancing new models of service delivery.

Click here to submit an application. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JULY 31, 2014

Questions? Contact Jan Guiliano at jguilian@aging.org or call 916-469-3367.

CCH Sierra Meadows named “Best of the West” by HUD

SM_01HUD recently featured LeadingAge member CCH Sierra Meadows as a “shining example of a project that successfully incorporated federal, state and local strategies to meet affordable housing needs,” highlighting how the Section 202-funded development supports sustainable design while delivering social services to its 42 residents. In 2013, the project received special recognition with a MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

CCH President and CEO, Don Stump, stated, “This special recognition from HUD highlights the unique skill set which CCH has spent five decades developing.  Our approach allows us to bring financing, construction, sustainability and rich service together into one integrated housing package.”

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

 

Annual Conference Deadline April 16: What Are You Waiting For?

headerRegistration deadline for the Annual Conference
is this Wednesday, April 16!

Join us in Palm Springs for: 

  • Networking with your peers
  • Access to the top vendors in the aging services field
  • Learning from experts at over 60 educational sessions
  • A day on the links in support of the Scholarship Fund
  • A jog through the famous Movie Colony homes in support of the Scholarship Fund

[Re]Imagine Possibilities
[Re]Examine Opportunities
[Re] Assert Your Voice
[Re]Define Age

Click here to visit our website and register for the conference
Click here for hotel information

Hope to see you in Palm Springs!

 

St. Paul’s Highlighted on CNN

A recent CNN news story highlighted the benefits of St. Paul’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly in San Diego. According to the story, “Help finally arrived for Hudson and her father when they discovered an all-inclusive elder care center that accepted Medicaid. St. Paul’s…functions like a day care for the elderly, providing medical services, social outlets and meals under one roof, along with transportation to and from the Bankers Hill campus.”

The entire story can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/16/living/caregiver-stress-report/index.html.

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