A sum of $315,000 was awarded to 11 organizations by the San Diego Foundation on Oct.13 for leading efforts to improve the quality of life for senior citizens.
Organizations awarded the grant address healthy aging, housing and transportation. The 2021 Age-Friendly Grant seeks to support older San Diegans in low-income and underserved communities throughout the county.
“As people throughout our community age, the need to address the unique needs of older San Diegans has never been greater,” said Katie Rast, Director of Community Impact at The San Diego Foundation. “We are inspired by the programs and organizations in our community who are committed to partnering with us to support our region’s older adults and build more accessible, thriving spaces throughout San Diego.”
Ageing adults throughout California face economic challenges associated with high housing, health care and support costs according to the state’s Master Plan for Aging. Expanding accessibility to services that support older adults is a critical need with nearly one-third of older Californians struggling to afford basic needs.
In an effort to address the region’s shifting demography and equity in the living conditions for people of all ages, the San Diego Foundation launched the Age-Friendly Communities program in 2015 working directly with stakeholders and local governments to promote programs and systems-level changes.
The San Diego Foundation enabled community solutions to improve quality of life for more than 46 years, and granted $1.3 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening communities. Addressing priorities such as racial and social justice, fostering equality of opportunity and building resilient communities.