ALA to Host National Shared Housing Convening

ALA is proud to announce its upcoming Shared Housing Symposium: Solutions for Maximizing Housing Resources, taking place on November 27, 2012 at the Center for Healthy Communities. 

This one-day, invitation-only event will convene housing leaders alongside representatives from government, community planning and social service agencies to discuss key strategies for advancing shared housing as a viable affordable housing option for seniors.  “Our objective is to integrate ALA’s 34 years of shared housing expertise into a collaborative effort that improves and expands this resource for low-income seniors and their families,” said ALA’s President and CEO David Grunwald.

Shared housing consists of two or more people sharing a home. This could be a homeowner renting a vacant bedroom, or two or more people renting bedrooms in a group setting.  Shared Housing is an attractive option for seniors who can’t afford fair market rents or seniors who need access to supplementary income and services in order to continue living safely in their homes. Shared Housing can provide a source of income, social interaction and access to non-medical support for those who have ‘extra house’ to share but are otherwise constrained by limited resources.

According to Dr. Jon Pynoos, UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology at USC’s Andrus Gerontology Center, it isn’t just the seniors themselves who need to think about long term solutions to affordably housing them: "More and more families are feeling the effects of caring for a parent due to the advancement of Baby Boomers into the senior demographic.  Increases in the life span will continue to add pressure to the strained supply of supportive housing.  Shared housing is a life-enriching approach to this challenge because it provides companionship, mutual support, and linkages to services.”

ALA Shared Housing Symposium
November 27, 2012
The Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please contact Christy Moody: christy@alaseniorliving.org; 323.650.8183 for sponsorship information.