LeadingAge Launches Fund to Expand Low-Income Senior Housing Programs

LeadingAge, a trade group for nonprofit organizations in the senior living industry, has partnered with NewCourtland Foundation, a nonprofit provider of community services and housing, to make funding available to its members for programs and projects that blend housing and services for low-income seniors. 

With help from member contributions, LeadingAge committed $50,000 to the Innovation Funds in its inaugural year, and NewCourtland Foundation matched the amount for a total of $100,000. The funding is meant to “catalyze innovation” among LeadingAge members. 

“Innovation is one of our six Leadership Imperatives,” said Larry Minnix, LeadingAge’s president and CEO. “This fund reinforces our promise of expanding the world of possibilities for aging, and the matching support from the NewCourtland Foundation literally achieves this with the expectation that those possibilities will be realized.”


NewCourtland Foundation will work with LeadingAge to administer the grants, which will be awarded in increments of up to $25,000 in the first year. 

“The greatest need and opportunity for invention resides in housing bundled with services, and this collaboration will avail providers with much-needed resources to conceptualize and implement creative, yet common sense solutions for the aging services community,” said Gail Kass, president and CEO of NewCourtland.

The two organizations will consider multi-year proposals, and winning proposals will address at least one, if not more, of the following dimensions of housing with services:

  • Assessment (development/implementation of resident assessment tools; using information to prioritize services; developing resident service plans)
  • Health and Wellness Programming (health promotion activities; self-care management; chronic care management; transitional care and health education)
  • Partnerships with Service Providers (co-location of services; development of formal collaborations with community health and social service agencies)
  • Workforce Training (service coordinator training; property manager training around linking housing and services)
  • Technology (assistive devices; retrofitting and home modification; wireless communication; telehealth)
AARP Foundation also recently launched a program to address the senior housing crisis, and will be awarding grants through a competitive request for proposal process to organizations whose goal is to create better access to housing for the struggling 50+ population, or help them maintain current living arrangements so they can age in place. 

LeadingAge members can submit proposals here. Applications are due on or before Oct. 30, but those submitted by Sept. 30 will receive priority consideration. Funding recipients will be announced in November. 

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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