BIA/SC 50+ Housing Council Announces Winners of 2010 SAGE Awards

The 50+ Housing Council, a special interest council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, recently announced its winners for the annual SAGE Awards.  The awards, celebrating its 16th year, recognize individuals, projects and programs that have made outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life of Southern California residents aged 50+.  The awards have four categories of submissions: Person of the Year, Program of the Year, Project of the Year, and an “On the Boards” category.  The winners are:

Person of the Year, Annie Gerard. CRE, CAASH, Principal with Apt Market Research 

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Annie Gerard was honored in recognition of her commitment, compassion and professional contributions to the senior housing industry, including her 20 years of service on the 50+ Housing Council Board of Directors.  Ms. Gerard has specialized in market research on seniors housing since 1985, conducting more than 400 market studies for leading developers, lenders and municipal agencies in California and the southwest.  She has written and lectured on senior housing trends for 25 years; helped formulate the demand methodology set forth in the California “Market Study Guidelines” for affordable senior projects; and conducted extensive quantitative and consumer research and post-occupancy analyses. The company she co-founded in 2004 has built the largest senior apartment database in the country.

The 50+ Housing Council has named the Council on Aging-Orange County as Program of the Year

The Council on Aging-Orange County advocates for the health, well-being, and legal rights of adults needing or receiving services. Their mission is mission is to promote adult empowerment, prevent abuse and advocate for the rights and dignity of those experiencing health and aging challenges. Whether ensuring quality of life in licensed care facilities, providing support for independent living, counseling impartially on health plan benefits, protecting against financial elder abuse, or providing a friendly visitor to isolated and lonely individuals, the Council is dedicated to helping individuals maintain their safety, dignity, health and independence.

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The award for SAGE Award for Project of the Year recognizes one or more innovative residential developments targeted to the 50+ market that can serve as a model for other housing developments and has four winners which are:

  • The Plaza at Sierra (Related California – affordable community)
  • San Sebastian (Behringer Harvard and Standard Pacific – mixed income community)
  • Valencia Terrace (Kisco Senior Living – CCRC)
  • Vintage Burbank (Vintage Senior Living – assisted living community)

The “On the Boards” SAGE award showcases 50+ residential communities still in the design stage.  SAGE judges selected Long Beach Senior Artists Colony by Meta Housing Corporation.