LeadingAge & Others Get $2.5 Million in Grants for Research on Senior Housing

The MacArthur Foundation, a leader in affordable housing, announced last month it would be awarding grants totaling more than $2.5 million to various institutions for research that explores the role of housing in the long-term health and well-being of older adults.

Grant recipients include:

  • LeadingAge Center for Applied Research — $698,000 to study the impact of service-enriched, publicly-assisted housing on health, quality of life and costs for older adults;
  • University of Michigan — $886,000 to study whether service and support interventions provided in a retirement community improve outcomes for moderate and low-income seniors as much as those for seniors of greater means;
  • Syracuse University — $500,000 to study how housing affordability affects decisions made by older adults about their health care, living arrangements and well-being;
  • The Ohio State University — $427,000 to analyze the use of a reverse mortgage and its impact on older adults’ financial security, well-being, and ability to preserve independent living.

“In these tough economic times with a challenging housing market, these forward-thinking researchers will contribute to a body of work that will provide solid evidence on the smartest, most cost-effective ways to connect housing, health, community development, and education policy to address the needs of families and communities,” said Ianna Kachoris, housing program officer for the MacArthur Foundation, in a statement.


Findings from the research will be released in the next few years as research projects are completed.

Written by Alyssa Gerace


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