The Thome Aging Well program is a four-year, $19 million initiative from Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) to help older adults living in affordable communities age safely and securely at home.
Avalon Housing was recently awarded a 2022 Thome Aging Well grant to support the expansion of our Older Adult Support (OAS) Program.
Says Molly Smith, Avalon’s Director of Services: “Through the Thome Aging Well grant, Avalon will be able to help our tenants ages 55 and up live more safely in their homes, within their community. We are thrilled that Enterprise is investing in our Older Adult Support Program. With these funds, Avalon’s OAS Program will deliver person-centered, culturally sensitive services to people in their homes while respecting their desire to age in place.”
Funded by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America trustee, the program awarded $4 million in grants this year to scale aging-in-place initiatives with a track record of success by 16 housing operators and public housing authorities in Maryland and Michigan.
In total, the 2022 Thome Aging Well grants will provide essential support to over 4,000 older adults to help enhance wellbeing, reduce isolation and allow them to age with dignity in their homes. Best practices learned from the grantees will be shared across the field of affordable and public housing providers serving older adults.
“Far too many adults, especially those with lower incomes, do not have the resources and support they need to continue living comfortably in their homes as they grow older,” said Stephany De Scisciolo, vice president, Impact, Evaluation & Population Health, Enterprise. “The programs supported through the Thome Aging Well grants have proved successful at improving the health and wellbeing of older adults and will make an enormous impact on the lives of thousands in Maryland and Michigan. We are honored to partner with such remarkable organizations.”