A Fond Farwell to Meredith Chillemi

After 19 years of dedicated service to LifeSTEPS, Meredith Chillemi, our Senior Director of Support and Health Services, announced her plan to accept a new position with the Helen Keller National Center. We want to thank Meredith for her friendship, guidance and mentorship. Meredith truly inspires those around her to be better, and her commitment to improving the quality of life for older adults has been an inspiration to the LifeSTEPS organization. Please join us in wishing Meredith all the best in the years to come and congratulating her on her new endeavor!

Family Health Care Resources Provides LifeSTEPS Residents with Food Donations

According to the AARP, more than 10 million adults age 50+ are at risk for hunger every day. This is why we’re so thankful for partners like Family Care Health Resources, who throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, have remained committed to preventing food insecurity by providing food donations to LifeSTEPS residents. Last week, Director of Social Services Naciely Hernandez distributed 50 bags of food to seniors in need at Sunrise Villas Apartments in South LA, developed by our partner AMCAL.

#endhunger #residentservices #affordablehousing #housingplusservices #foodinsecurity #partnership #team #community #LifeSTEPS #25YearsStrong

Helping older adults age in place

Supporting LifeSTEPS’ commitment to helping older adults age in place, nursing students from Samuel Merritt University recently held blood pressure clinics at Vintage Oaks and Sierra Sunrise, two affordable housing communities developed by our partner USA Properties. The nurses screened LifeSTEPS residents for high blood pressure and distributed blank tracking charts to bring to their primary care physicians. Residents also received helpful educational materials on safe blood pressure ranges.

#health #aginginplace #thrivinginplace #aging #residentservices #housingplusservices #housing #healthequity #nursing #LifeSTEPS #25YearsStrong

LifeSTEPS Supports Housing Credit Provisions in Build Back Better Act

Please join us in signing onto ACTION Campaign’s letter asking the White House and Congressional leadership to include Housing Credit provisions and affordable housing funding in the Build Back Better Act. Affordable housing improves both physical and mental health outcomes, stabilizes neighborhoods, helps seniors to live independently and age-in-place, and generates economic growth.

The current Housing Credit production provisions in the House Ways and Means Committee-passed Build Back Better Act would provide an additional 1.4 million affordable homes and house an estimated 3.2 million low-income people and people experiencing homelessness. These proposals include increasing the annual Housing Credit allocation by more than 50 percent, lowering the bond financing threshold to 25 percent to unlock additional Housing Credit resources, and allowing more Housing Credit equity to make feasible properties in rural and Native communities and for extremely low-income tenants. These provisions would address the severe oversubscription of the Housing Credit program, enabling a pipeline of developments to quickly get underway in delivering affordable homes.

#HousingCredit #reconciliationbill #housingmatters #residentservices