Joann Sullivan on October 5th, 2017

I have said before that I am continually impressed with the entrepreneurial, creative and resourceful senior service providers who see a need and figure out how to meet it. Transportation is one of those needs that has been very difficult to address. I recently met Amy Stice co-founder of Arrive Rides. Their company dispatches on-demand […]

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Joann Sullivan on September 19th, 2017

The City of Berkeley is solidly behind the building of ADUs in our city as one way to address our multi-faceted housing crisis.  Most of the new housing built in our city has been created by developers.   ADUs are a grass roots effort to increase the housing supply which will benefit Berkeley homeowners, not the […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 25th, 2017

          A few weeks ago, Kerri Moon, President of Retiring Internationally, spoke to our Realtors Resource for Seniors Committee at the Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors. Kerri is a senior placement specialist who works with seniors and their families to find the most appropriate retirement communities for them as they approach that […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 14th, 2017

Almost every week someone calls me about affordable senior housing. They are usually in a crisis situation and are going to need a new apartment right away, but do not know where to start. Sometimes people get lucky, but generally it is a long process (up to five years) to find and move into affordable […]

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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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