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Aging in Place: Habitat for Humanity Fresno County Offers Assistance (Video)

Aging in Place: Habitat for Humanity

From left to right: Doug Berard (Ramps and Rails recipient), Tony Miranda (Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Fresno County), and Sabrina Kelley (Habitat for Humanity Fresno County Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator)

Nationwide, millions of older low-income homeowners struggle to make critical repairs and home modifications necessary to safely age in place. Grants made through AARP Foundation’s Home Repair Accelerator program have been addressing this issue by supporting new models of sustainable and low-cost home repair assistance.

Habitat for Humanity International is widely known for its volunteer-driven projects of rebuilding homes from the ground up. But in Fresno, California, and other locations, they are now also engaged in efforts that allow low-income 50+ homeowners to continue to live safely and comfortably in their existing homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Fresno County is one of seven Habitat affiliates to receive support, and has been expanding their Ramps and Rails program and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

The following video captures some of the best practices that Habitat for Humanity of Fresno County has learned and applied through their work, and more importantly, the impact of the program on the lives of older adults in West Fresno.

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Older People And
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Whether people 50+ own or rent, the repercussions from the recession are severe - abandoned neighborhoods, rent increases and a decrease in affordable, subsidized housing. Millions of homeowners can neither sell their homes nor receive approval to refinance their mortgages at today’s much lower interest rates. 

 

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  • 19 million adults 50+ live in unaffordable or unsafe housing
  • Nearly 25% of household mortgages are underwater - meaning the mortgage is larger than the current value of the house.
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Housing Is Biggest Expense for Seniors

(Senior Housing News, April 1) - A Social Security Administration report indicates that housing expenses lead all others among those 50+, and that both the poorest and those at the lower end of the age spectrum are hit the hardest. Read

Older Adults Turn to Co-Housing to Save Money

(WCBS-TV, March 26) - Across the country, more than 100 developments feature small homes clustered around communal buildings, in some cases including communal kitchens; establishing ground rules for shared space is key. Read

Nearly Half of Older Workers Will Use Home Equity for Retirement

(NYT, Feb. 5) - A recent survey found, surprisingly, that 47 percent of workers between 50 and 70 plan to rely on the equity in their homes to finance their retirement despite the widespread loss in home values. They may have no other choice. Read