Report about Food Insecurity Measures Submitted to White House Conference
Food insecurity in the affordable senior housing industry is real and continuous. COVID-19 made the issue more serious as seniors hesitated to go out for food and supplies. Service Coordinators have found creative ways to address the issue. The American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) just completed a case study on how Service Coordinators help seniors access nutritious meals.
Five EHDOC Service Coordinators around the country and in Puerto Rico were featured in the report, which was submitted to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health and will be a staple of the AASC’s Congressional advocacy going forward.
To quote the study, found here, “A 2020 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found that during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic just 4 percent of older adults living in affordable housing had access to food and supplies to quarantine for a week. Researchers found that service coordinators immediately worked to address this by ramping up their meal and food support.”
Further, the report stated that, “Overall, researchers have found that service coordinators promote resiliency among the residents living on the properties they serve, and this was never truer than during the pandemic.”
We are proud that our Service Coordinators’ creative measures were featured and are continuously proud of the work our SC team does to take care of our seniors. Kudos to:
Pam Taylor – Worley’s Place
Lena Smith – Clyde Simon Lakeview
Angela Larios – Steel Plaza
Sharon Parsons – Teamsters Residences 54
Sylvia Garcia – Torre Jesus Sanchez Erazo
We’ve posted some portions of the report featuring our Service Coordinators, but please read the full report here.