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Title:

Evaluating the Health Benefits to Older Adults of Community-Based Housing Support Services

Dates:

September 2019 – September 2020

Funding Source:

ARCC (Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities)

Grant Number:

n/a

Background:

The objective of this partnership development grant is to establish research infrastructure and priorities to evaluate the role of housing support services on the overall health of low-income older adults in Chicago. This study aims to 1) formalize relationship and develop research infrastructure to promote a sustained research partnership, 2) identify shared research goals and priorities, and 3) plan for future research collaborations and grant proposals.

Abstract:

Housing is an important social determinant of health, yet there is a lack of research formally evaluating the effect of housing support services on the health of older adults. Furthermore, there are few social service agencies in Chicago that offer these vital services for elderly residents. Since 1982, H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly) has provided innovative affordable intergenerational housing and community-based housing support services, consisting of home repair, a shopping bus, moving assistance, and caring volunteers, to older adults living on low incomes in Chicago. Beyond anecdotal evidence, H.O.M.E. cannot prove a direct link between its unique housing services and the improved health of the people they serve. This partnership development grant seeks to establish research infrastructure and priorities to ultimately evaluate the role of housing support services on the overall health of low-income older adults in Chicago. Through a series of meetings we will convene a team of stakeholders to: 1) develop infrastructure to formalize relationships necessary to promote a sustained partnership, 2) identify shared research goals and priorities, and 3) plan for future research collaborations that evaluate the role of housing support services on the overall health of low-income older adults in Chicago.

ClinicalTrials.gov identifier:

n/a

Contact

• Principal Investigator: Rachel O'Conor, PhD MPH
• Project Lead: Sarah Wozniak

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