HEARTH ELDER HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH PROGRAM
Boston, MA, USA
"Hearth was founded as The Committee to End Elder Homelessness, Inc. (CEEH) in 1991 by a group of seven professional women with diverse experience in housing, finance, health, and human services. They realized that elders were a growing percentage of the homeless population and that no one was expressly addressing the issue."
"33%... The amount elder homelessness is predicted to increase between 2010 and 2020. It is estimated that it will more than double by 2050."
Staff of the Hearth Elder Homelessness Outreach Program canvas homeless shelters every week to identify and place homeless seniors in permanent housing.
Before, during and after placement seniors are able to maintain long-term housing by having assistance financial, legal, and social services.
To goal is to stabilize seniors in their new homes and help them to build social and community networks.
Hearth aims to:
-Increase the supply of permanent, affordable, and supportive housing for homeless elders and elders at risk of homelessness.
-Place more homeless older adults into existing permanent, affordable housing.
-Help prevent homelessness for older adults who are at risk of homelessness.
-To achieve national, state, and local recognition of elder homelessness as a distinct problem requiring specific policy responses and tailored service solutions.
The Hearth Shares Program supports ending homelessness through participating restaurants. Diners are invited to add $1 donation to their during the holidays (November and December). Donations contribute to the work being done in the community to enable the homeless and vulnerable to rebuild their lives, and to regain their dignity. The program is based on the StreetSmart program in several countries which asks those eating out to consider donating to the homeless.
Senior Housing & Assisted Living
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