For Immediate Release
June 27, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the City will conduct a complete needs assessment of more than 4,300 Boston Housing Authority (BHA) residents living in elder and disabled housing. Residents will be surveyed by staff and volunteers to determine their needs and connect them to appropriate community resources and services. The effort is a collaboration between the BHA, the Disability Commission and the Elderly Commission.
“This is an effective way to connect our residents with the resources and services they need, that they might not know about otherwise,” Mayor Menino said. “We’ll address the immediate needs of these residents and moving forward our committee will develop a strategy for a more effective and efficient use of resident service coordination.”
The Mayor is convening a committee to assess the needs and structure of resident service coordination at BHA. The committee will be made up of individuals with expertise in elder and/or disability service needs, as well as two residents living in BHA elderly and disabled housing. The role of the committee will be to review nationwide best practices of resident support and service coordination in elder and disabled housing and to create recommendations for implementation in BHA Elder and Disabled Housing. The committee will be convened this summer and will finish its work by the end of 2013.