SLNC 50+ Committee Continues to Advocate for Age-Friendly Community

The SLNC’s 50+ Committee is ramping up its efforts to help seniors stay in their homes and make Silver Lake an age-friendly community. The committee’s first action was to write a letter to the LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new “Purposeful Aging” committee, asking that they investigate a successful home-sharing program being provided by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, which connects older people in need of housing with a host, or those with a spare room with a tenant. Funding is provided by a combination of state, city and local funds.

According to 50+ Co-chair Patty Jausoro, the next action the committee is discussing concerns new housing development. “With many new apartments being planned for the area, we plan to ask if there can be support from the city to push for 55+ units in the same way they support reduced cost housing?” Jausoro noted that creative design, such as multi-bedroom units, could provide co-housing opportunities for older residents who want to live amongst a mixed-age population.

50+ is also pursuing a meeting with the Purpose Aging Initiative and/or the Los Angeles Department of Aging to discuss meaningful changes to housing policy. From there, the committee will actively engage with developers to push for innovation. Stay tuned for committee updates and learn more about the 50+ Committee here. 50+ will also will be looking at innovation already taking place in Los Angeles with a tour of the Los Angeles Eco-Village