California | Tuesday, September 1 | 10:00am-12:00pm PT
The number of older adults experiencing homelessness is alarmingly on the rise. At least half of our nation’s unhoused are over the age of 50. In California, older adults are now the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population with annual increases of 20% and growing. Many are entering homelessness for the first time and equally troubling is that the majority are elders of color who, after enduring a lifetime of racialized inequity, now find themselves growing old in increasingly dire circumstances. Racism and other intersectional issues such as economic security, housing stability, access to primary and behavioral health services determine not only who is most likely to experience homelessness, but also the level of support available in breaking the cycle. Philanthropy regardless of focus area has an important role to play in providing the necessary leadership across all program areas to ensure inequities are addressed to allow all older adults to age with dignity.
What will it take to keep elders safe and housed?
In this third virtual meeting hosted by the Aging Intersections Funder Network, we will examine this rapidly intensifying issue and, along with regional leaders and experts, discuss how we can better prepare to meet the housing needs of older adults. This webinar is co-sponsored by Northern California Grantmakers, Aging Intersections Funder Network, and Funders Together to End Homelessness.
- The underlying, intersectional issues that impact homelessness among older adults, particularly elders of color
- How philanthropy can add value around this issue even if homelessness isn't your organization's focus
- Short-term and direct service funding opportunities and long-term, systems and policy-change opportunities within the context of COVID-19 that can equitably improve housing among older adults
- Jamie Almanza, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services
- Dr. Margot Kushel, Professor of Medicine and Division Chief and Director, UCSF
- Tomiquia Moss, Founder and Chief Executive, All Home
- Wendy Todd, Consultant, Wendy Todd Consulting (moderator)