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The Sun (and Multi-Generational Housing) Continues to Rise in Charlottesville, Va.

Posted on 10/17/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is a guest blog post by Kelly Persons, a member of the AARP Foundation Housing Impact team.  A beautiful, sunny September Saturday afternoon played host to a neighborhood celebration and ribbon-cutting in Charlottesville, a tribute to the vision and hard work of so many who collaborated to create the new community of Sunrise Park. Where 16 aging trailer homes in need of repair once stood, now stands a multi-generational, mixed-income, green neighborhood comprised of a condominium building and 16 …

Thanks to Federal Reserve, Free Foreclosure Reviews Available to Some

Posted on 10/4/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Money & SavingsIf your home was at any time in 2009 or 2010 involved in the foreclosure process, you may be eligible for compensation if mistakes were made by your lender or loan servicer.  A free Independent Foreclosure Review can determine whether you are eligible for compensation, but you must request it before Dec. 31, 2012. Home-loan borrowers whose primary residence was involved in the foreclosure process between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 may request a free review.  A third …

Making the Most of Multigenerational Living

Posted on 08/17/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEditor’s note: This post follows the first in this two-part series, Multigenerational Living on the Rise. These posts are modified from Amy Goyer’s article, Multigenerational Living is Rising, and May be to Everyone’s Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today. Those living in multigenerational households admit there are challenges that come with this living arrangement, but most say the benefits outweigh them. Financial reasons are often cited as the primary motivator for multigenerational …

Keeping a Housing Promise to Seniors in Virginia

Posted on 08/10/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThis is a guest post by Chrissy Fehskens. Chrissy is a Communications Advisor at the AARP Foundation. Last month, a promise made to longtime residents of Charlottesville Virginia’s former Sunrise Trailer Court was fulfilled.  In 2004, private developers looked to purchase land where a 16-unit trailer park stood, jeopardizing the homes of longtime residents, many of them age 50 and older.  Instead, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville ended up purchasing the land, and they promised the nine families, who …

Multigenerational Living: On the Rise

Posted on 08/10/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEditor’s note: This post is modified from Amy Goyer’s article, Multigenerational Living Is Rising, and May Be to Everyone’s Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today magazine. Laura and Paul Patyk, both in their mid-40s, have a full house. With six children, any home would be a bit crowded. But in 2003, the Patyks invited Laura’s parents to live with them when her mother became ill with congestive heart failure and a stroke. A …

Census: Recession Drove Shared Households and Higher Poverty Rates

Posted on 06/29/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyA new Census Bureau report confirms what every re-feathered nest, caregiving combo, or extended family household knows: Following the recent recession, there were more combined households in 2010 (22 million – 18.7 percent of all households) than there were in 2007 (19.7 million.) And guess what else? Personal poverty rates are higher among the adults who live in these households. The findings validate my favorite refrain: When finances get tough, families come together.  That includes opening our homes, cleaning out …