Even during a pandemic, Brothers Redevelopment has found new ways to help Colorado’s ancianos remain comfortably in their abode as they grow older.
The nonprofit, which provides housing and housing-related services to low-income, elderly and disabled residents across Colorado, established its Aging in Place Initiative in 2017 — a free program that works to empower Colorado seniors.
Brothers Redevelopment’s “senior service navigators” work as a personalized resource directory for eligible seniors who can be connected to a variety of services and benefits like Social Security, food assistance, health care, mortgage/rental and utility assistance, transportation, yard work and other federal and state benefits.
“With its emphasis on navigation and resource provision, the Aging in Place Initiative advances the mission of Brothers to reach seniors in need. The impact is that people are allowed to have access to all of the benefits that they have earned over the span of their lifetime,” said Brothers Redevelopment Senior Services Manger Gary Olson. “Most people don’t know how or where they can get these benefits. We provide that access.”
In the past month, Brothers Redevelopment has added bilingual navigators to its team, ensuring that more Spanish-speaking seniors across the state can access these important resources. Those who are interested in participating in the program can do so by calling the state’s only centralized housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects, at 1-844-926-6632.
“During the pandemic and subsequent economic decline, we’ve heard from a greater number of elders across the state who are struggling to meet basic needs,” said Brothers Redevelopment President Jeff Martinez. “The desperation in their voices, and in their letters and emails, is frightening – and unacceptable. It’s compelled us to find new ways to serve those who have given us so much.”
Through the program, senior homeowners can learn about and be connected to other services Brothers Redevelopment offers like its Home Modification and Repair Program, which assists disabled and elderly residents with maintaining their homes through free home accessibility repair services, exterior home-repair services and interior repairs, and the nonprofit’s annual Paint-A-Thon program — a free service offered to elderly and disabled residents in which volunteers paint the outside of homes throughout the metro area.
Additionally, the Aging in Place Initiative can provide information on all housing-related financial topics and can assist with identity-theft protection, living wills, powers of attorney, financial planning and budgeting.
The program also can be beneficial to caregivers, particularly adult children with aging parents.
Last year, Brothers’ Aging in Place Initiative served around 1,400 seniors, helping them access more than $1 million in public benefits or resources.
“Once these clients gain certain benefits, they are theirs for the rest of their lives. Depending on what they get, their lives can change dramatically,” said Olson.
For more information about the Aging in Place Initiative, visit brothersredevelopment.org/senior-services.