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COA requests support to address the lack of affordable housing in Middle Tennessee by utilizing existing housing and providing an innovative solution that builds community.
INTER-GENERATIONAL HOME SHARING matches older adults who want to 'age in place' with graduate students (or other adults) who need affordable rooms to rent. The project aims to create an age-friendly community that reduces the risks of senior isolation by fostering positive, inter-generational connections.
COA's HOME SHARING project addresses two critical unmet housing needs in Nashville: the need for older adults to afford to stay in their homes and for graduate students to secure affordable housing. According to 2017 census data, there are 26,294 spare bedrooms in the homes of Baby Boomers in Nashville. These spare bedrooms can be transformed into sources of income and support for older adults, while creating inter-generational community and more affordable living options for students.
Partnering with TSU's School of Social Work and Urban Studies, COA's program design includes a multi-phase approach: research models and best practices in other cities, conduct focus groups with older adults and graduate students, convene a local Home-share Advisory Team, identify potential lead organizations, secure the right technological platform for matching and conducting background checks, market the project, and finally, launch a pilot in 2020.
As a convener and catalyst for innovative solutions to unmet needs, COA's goal for the pilot project is to match a minimum of 10 older adults with 10 students. We project that 10 of 10 (100%) older adults and students participating will report favorable outcomes such as improved economic stability, reduced isolation and a positive sense of community.
The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee has a truly unique role in the community: to identify the unmet needs of older adults and caregivers, and be a catalyst for collaborative solutions. COA has ...read more
The Council on Aging champions informed and positive aging and serves as the area's catalyst for collaborative solutions....read more