Joann Sullivan on June 6th, 2017

            On January 1, new state legislation (AB 2299 and SB 1069)went into effect, making it easier for homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their property. To assist in the rollout of the ADU regulations, newly elected city council member Ben Bartlett formed an ADU Task Force. I […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 20th, 2017

On Saturday afternoon, I met with a group of Ashby Village members who are interested in where they will spend the next stage of their lives.   As many of you know, Ashby Village is an organization close to my heart. Many years ago, my good friend Judy Boe and I heard of a new organization […]

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Joann Sullivan on December 1st, 2016

This morning I received an email originally published in 2009 about Bay Area architect Susanne Stadler’s work, At Home with Growing Old. She is so knowledgeable and so eloquent about the residential needs of older people throughout the world. She has wonderful ideas for locating and designing senior residences that are meaningful to the community […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 21st, 2016

The California Property Tax Postponement Program (PTP) has returned for elderly, blind and disabled California homeowners. This program was suspended by the legislature in 2009 and has been reinstated in 2016. The interest rate for taxes postponed under PTP is 7% per year. Funding for the program is limited and applications will be processed on […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 7th, 2016

For several years I have been working with TTN-HOME to educate East Bay residents about the whole range of housing options for seniors. During the past two years, it has become apparent to us that shared housing is a very viable option. Albany Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid with support from the Diverse Housing Working Group […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 5th, 2016

I have had such a wonderful response to my last post about Bridge Meadows.  Here is another inspirational article about this wonderful program.  

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Joann Sullivan on November 1st, 2016

I went to the Grantmakers in Aging Conference last week in Portland as part of my work for the East Bay Foundation on Aging. I had an absolutely wonderful time learning how people in other parts of the country and Israel are solving the problems of their aging residents. The people in the granting organizations […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 27th, 2016

Yesterday my friend Mona Kreaden spoke at the national Aging and Wellness Conference in Washington D.C. about the TTN-HOME program which we have been working on here in the East Bay for many years.    She summed up our history, described many of the housing options available for seniors and talked about how others could form similar programs […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 9th, 2016

Several years ago I attended a presentation by Anabel Pelham who is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology at San Francisco State University. She talked about her work in Los Gatos to become a Global Age Friendly City. I was so excited to hear her speak about their work in the South Bay and felt that this was […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 16th, 2016

            This is Affordable Housing Week in the East Bay region. The East Bay Housing Organization is sponsoring several events around the area. I know what you are thinking—Affordable housing in the East Bay? You have got to be kidding. This is the most expensive housing market in the country. […]

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