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Webinar: Health and Housing Instability for Older Adults: Equitable Aging in Place

Tuesday, October 5th | 1:30 – 3:00 ET, 12:30 - 2:00 CT, 11:30 - 1:00 MT, 10:30 - 12:00 PT

Co-Sponsored by: Grantmakers in Aging and Grantmakers in Health

Nationwide, the rate of individuals over 50 experiencing homelessness is growing and their health is decreasing at a rate much faster than the general population. Additionally, chronic health and geriatric conditions are causing housing instability for many individuals as they age. These factors, in conjunction with systemic racism, are creating a dramatically disproportionate rate of Black people over the age of 50 experiencing housing instability. These compounding issues make the concept of aging in place inequitable and, for some, impossible.

The webinar will provide an overview of the state of homelessness and housing amongst older adults. Speakers will address the unique opportunity for funders to support older adults to remain in their homes and out of the overcrowded and expensive systems that often contribute to housing instability. We will hear from partners that have implemented both local and state interventions to make aging in place more equitable. Speakers will discuss the opportunities for funders to use policy and practice to develop innovative care models that fill key gaps in care, as well as understand the rationale for investing in these models. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the shifting policy and practice landscape related to individuals over 50 who are experiencing homelessness. 
  • Identify gaps in care for older adults experiencing homelessness and provide several innovative examples of how to address those gaps and generate learning to improve care.
  • Provide several key perspectives from medical, public health, provider, and peer practitioners on the importance of a comprehensive and holistic care delivery approach that is centered on creating equitable access to allow people to age in place.


  • Kelly Kent, Senior Program Officer for Elders, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust (Moderator)
  • Dr. Margot Kushel, Director of UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
  • Candace Robinson, Director of Healthy Communities, Capital Impact Partners
  • Antonio Manning, President & CEO, Affordable Living for the Aging 

Length: 90 minutes

How to Register

Please RSVP for this webinar using the button below. A Funders Together staff person will approve your registration, and you will receive a link from Zoom to join. 

Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, philanthropy-serving organizations, and/or members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs.   

October 05, 2021 at 1:30pm - 3pm
Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs · · 617.245.0314 x104

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