Joann Sullivan on November 10th, 2017

On September 28, 200 people attended an ADU workshop hosted by Ben Bartlett at the South Berkeley Senior Center.   There is great curiosity and interest in the backyard Granny Flats.  Of the audience members at that workshop, 28% said they would use the ADU to house a caregiver, 32% said they would house an aging […]

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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 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 March 7th, 2016

A few months ago the American Society on Aging invited me to write an article on my favorite topic–Housing Options for Seniors.  The article appeared in a special housing issue of Aging Today which appeared in November 2015. Wanted: safe, affordable— and pragmatic—housing options for older adults By Joann Sullivan Everyone needs a place to live. Though […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2015

I have been writing and talking about Ashby Village for over seven years. From the beginning, I thought the village movement (beginning with Beacon Hill Village)  was the best idea  for helping elders stay in their own homes as they aged. It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to care […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 30th, 2015

At the City Council meeting last Tuesday, the council made further revisions to the ADU Ordinance and voted UNANIMOUSLY to accept the revised ordinance.  (A unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council is a rarity.)  The ordinance now goes back to staff for further review, but should be on the council agenda for final approval in […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 12th, 2015

2015 is here. The silver tsunami continues to grow. Where are we all going to live? Lots of seniors cannot afford to stay in their homes or apartments when they retire. For many low income senior housing facilities, there is a five year waiting list. There are several things that I am working on (with […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 26th, 2014

TTN-Home had its third meeting with its revised format earlier this week with almost fifty people attending the meeting.  If you are looking for creative housing options for seniors in the East Bay, this is the place to be!  TTN-Home is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of The Transition Network, a nationwide […]

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The Transition Network (TTN) is a national organization for women over the age of 50 who are dealing with transitions in their lives—career, life, health, housing and others. Because of the high cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing options in the Bay Area, the local chapter has implemented a new program: TTN-HOME—A […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 14th, 2013

Mark Rhoades from Rhoades Planning Group spoke yesterday at the Berkeley Association of Realtors about upcoming housing developments in downtown Berkeley.  Between 1970 and 1995, 400 new housing units were added in Berkeley; between 1997 and 2013, 2,000 new units were added.  In the next few years, another 1,000 will be added.  About one-third of […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 4th, 2013

I frequently write about East Bay resources that help seniors stay in their homes as they get older.  We are fortunate to have so many services and programs here in the East Bay.  My own personal belief is that the East Bay is the best place to grow old in the country.   One program […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2013

I have written before about the Women’s Housing Options group that I have been working with.  We have now been together for almost two years and I thought it would be a good time for an update.  Exploring housing options sounds like such a great idea, but actually making the necessary changes is very difficult.  […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 24th, 2013

Senior home sellers have been one of the hardest hit groups of the population during the past few years while our nation was experiencing a serious housing downturn.  Many of them had bought their homes as an investment for their retirements.  They were counting on profits from selling their homes to fund new homes in […]

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I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.  It is a 141 unit senior housing complex for low and moderate income seniors.  Thirty percent of the units are for low income seniors whose monthly rents are $400-$800.  This one of a kind senior housing complex  looks like an […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met with a man who had recently become Executive Director of a local family services agency.  He told me that when he started his job, he had been amazed to learn that there are so many resources for seniors in the East Bay. Friends and  colleagues come to me frequently, […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2012

Creative housing options for seniors are in the news.  I read yesterday about two women in Saratoga Springs, New York who sold their homes in a nearby town and bought one together They had known each other for thirty years in a Birthday Group which got together several times a year to celebrate milestones.  They […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 18th, 2012

This  was a busy week for the  Women’s Housing Options  (WHO) group.  We met with Lois Leynse and Anne Lowery of Financial Fitness Center to answer the recurring question from several members of the group:  “Should I rent or buy?”  Lois and Anne provided good information which will help the group members make their decisions. […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 7th, 2012

If you have been trying to figure out how Ashby Village works, perhaps this video can help.  Last week Channel 5 featured Ashby Village in a news report.  I really liked the piece because it showed how Ashby Village works–from the perspective of a member receiving services in her home, a volunteer helping a member […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 20th, 2011

I have been working with my client James (not his real name) since last fall.  His wife had passed away in late summer and he felt that he did not want to stay in his big house up on the hill any longer.  He was lonely, there was too much maintenance associated with the big […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 17th, 2011

Berkeley Town House is one of the best housing options for seniors in the East Bay who want to age in community.  Back in the late fifties the leaders in Berkeley decided that the city should have a place for its retirees to live as they got older.  It was to be a place where […]

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