MARSCH is committed to providing its members with new information, especially during these times of social distancing. We are facilitating group connections by offering Zoom meetings for each region.
MassHousing offers training focused on the intersection of social issues and affordable housing and tailored to property management and social service staff.
MassHousing maintains and updates the Massachusetts Resident Service Coordinator's Handbook - a guide to providing resident services. It applies to RSCs working in both Elderly/Disabled Housing and family housing - property managers may also find it helpful. The handbook is available to everyone with live links at https://masshousing.com/programs-outreach/housing-stability/tap
MassHousing also maintains various fair housing-related resources and sample forms, including a comprehensive handbook on reasonable accommodations, "A Handbook on the Legal Obligation and Rights of Public and Assisted Housing Providers Under Federal and State Fair Housing Law".
Membership to TAP is available to all rental housing communities throughout the Commonwealth. We recognize that the value of TAP extends beyond sites financed and/or overseen by MassHousing. Therefore, we have created a tiered pricing system that makes TAP membership available to any site. This pricing model will include all four benefits (training, dispute resolution services, an allotment of resident engagement programs, and hoarding consultation and flex funds) for the flat rate outlined below:
Sites that are financed by MassHousing: $14 per unit
Sites that are affiliated but not financed with MassHousing: $18 per unit
Sites that don't fit into either of the above categories: $22 per unit
Pleural Mesothelioma Center Asbestos exposure causes thousands of cases of pleural mesothelioma in the United States each year, and our mission is to help families affected by this cancer. Our organization offers free assistance and resources to anyone coping with pleural mesothelioma.
As you may be aware, pleural mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors. Our organization works 1-on-1 with these individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers, and support groups, all for absolutely no cost to the patient.
The link below is a resource to help seniors suffering from pleural mesothelioma. Feel free to take a look:
Senior Housing and Care Resources Use Senior Housing Net resources and tools to navigate the work of senior housing and care. From in-home care providers to assisted living communities, you'll find answers to your senior care questions.
Walk to End Alzheimer's Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Join us in supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer's this Fall to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Click here to find a Walk near you!
Twilight Wish Mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through intergenerational Twilight Wish celebration.
https://twilightwish.org/ Since its founding in 2003, the goal has been to make the world a nicer place to age, one Twilight Wish at a time. A Twilight Wish granted recognizes seniors for all that they have done throughout their lives and shows them they are appreciated and of value to society. Wishes can connect a senior to many things: a lost passion such as getting their book published; people they haven’t seen in years such as siblings separated for over ten years being reunited in their 90s; and rediscovering their purpose in life such as returning to the classroom to read to students one more time. Every wish we grant is helping to build a culture that values and respects our senior population.
Top Resources for Seniors and Caregivers
Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.
Caring for a loved one with dementia presents numerous challenges for families and caregivers. Having dementia puts older adults at risk of wandering, increased aggression, hallucinations, and depression. The link provides a new resource that explains the most common crises that arise and offers caregivers strategies to cope with or prevent them if a situation occurs.
This toolkit uses a critical framework and an intersectional lens to examine the nexus of race, age, class, and victimization, and the systemic barriers older African American victims of crime face when seeking supports and services from the crime victim assistance field. The toolkit has three parts, including a guide with content modules, a workbook with reflection questions, and a library of video clips. The toolkit’s content is guided by video clips of older survivors sharing their stories and an expert panel providing insight into best practices for enhancing services to older African American victims. The tool also offers practical strategies to help victim services providers and criminal justice systems stakeholders better identify, reach, and serve older African American victims.
To learn more about the toolkit and NCALL’s work with the NRC please visit our website.
If you would like to explore additional resources to better identify, reach, and serve older crime victims, please visit the Resource Library on the Reaching Victims website and select “older adults” in the search bar.
For information about enhancing services to older victims and opportunities to receive training and technical assistance, please visit the NRC’s website.
Additional Resources: Older Victims of Crime Social Media Toolkit