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Feb. 7 Elder Housing Resource Forum

The elder population is projected to grow rapidly and although many seniors wish to remain in their homes, challenges related to affordability, accessibility, and linkages to health services may make doing so difficult. The faith community can be an important way to provide the elder population with information and resources. According to the Pew Research Center, 37 percent of adults age 65 and older reported attending religious services at least a few times a year. The Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), its sister agencies and partner organizations seek to provide faith community leaders with resources to assist seniors age safely, comfortably and affordably in their homes and communities. The Elder Housing Resource Forum will be a public forum on elder housing issues that provides the faith community with vital information and access to government and non-profit resources.

The Elder Housing Resource Forum will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW. All faith community leaders and senior citizens are invited to attend. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend the forum, but registration is requested by February 1. To register, contact Idriys Abdullah, (202) 442-7832 or [email protected]. You may also register online at disbelderforum.eventbrite.com.

The forum will consist of panel presentations and information tables by local government and nonprofit organizations engaged in housing related services. The event will also create a platform for government and nonprofit service providers to hear faith community concerns and identify partnership opportunities. Topics specific to seniors will include foreclosure mediation, emergency housing assistance, tax relief and deferral and elder care facilities.

Forum partner organizations include Clergy for Community Wealth Preservation, DC Office on Aging/Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, and the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.