Vivianna, a mother of two, shared one bedroom with her children at her mother's house for years until she decided that she needed more independence. After less than a year at Belton Woods, she moved out of affordable housing into her own home.
Konswella is Program Director at Community Friendship and works to provide social and health services at Phoenix House in Atlanta, GA. She shares how supportive services at affordable housing communities are critical, and how they are a catalyst for many residents' growth and success.
A grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's EmPOWER Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability program helped fund energy efficiency upgrades at the Bradford Apartments, saving the residents a total of $56,000 per year.
A large and rapidly expanding population of low-income older adults faces the dual challenges of finding affordable, safe housing that can accommodate changing needs as they grow older. The Section 202 program provides funding for housing with services so this population can age in place longer and with positive health repercussions. These cuts reduce the availability of affordable housing for vulnerable, older adults.
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