I added this before but cant find it on the list. Our rents are too high for most seniors to afford even if they wanted to downsize and move out of their homes. It is also important for us to keep a diverse community economically and otherwise. Council should have a strategy for this - e.g., making sure that developers include a number of affordable units. I personally went around recently to all the condos, townhomes (inaccessible), and rental units including Mosaic and the ones near the BBT and Palette. None of them have affordable units even for someone still working and making a reasonable salary. Ultimately this professional woman who works at UMd who was looking to downsize decided on staying in Silver Spring.

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Gladys Mendez, Social Worker in the Making 9 months ago

Lisa, you raise a very good point. I look forward to helping our senior citizens and to help keep affordable if not create affordable housing. I am a social work student working on my MSW and I am looking for ways to improve our living space for all.

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Lisa Walker 9 months ago

Gladys, I work with Hyattsville Aging in Place. Be interested in talking with you further about your program and letting you know what we are doing.

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Gladys Mendez, Social Worker in the Making 9 months ago

Lisa, that would be great! I would like to speak with you as well. This is my email address bravomendezg@gmail.com.

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Victoria Moss 9 months ago

One of the elements of a former proposal for redevelopment of WSSC included "nicely appointed" condos, designed with an eye towards aging-in-place, with design characteristics well-suited to seniors. Some (and I was one) thought that was one of the most forward-thinking housing proposals ever made for the site. If we are, actually, an aging-in-place community, I would suggest that any new development in HVL consider the needs and pocketbooks of the "silver tsunami."

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Gladys Mendez, Social Worker in the Making 7 months ago

Victoria,

Yes and that is where the issue lies; they are not considering the needs and income of the "silver tsunami". I will do my best to have issues like these addressed. I attended a town hall meeting for seniors regarding the needs assessment and I think that there should be evaluations performed.

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