Story last updated at 10/23/2013 - 2:11 pm
Catholic Community Service announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (RHA) funding that will link the elderly and people with disabilities with supportive services, allowing them to maintain independent living and age-in-place.
HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency - Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) will allow the RHA to hire "service coordinators" in Yakutat and in Saxman to work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with services available in their community to promote independent living and aging-in-place. For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independence. The RHA will subcontract with Catholic Community Service (CCS) to hire, train, and oversee the work of the service coordinators who will help residents improve their quality of life by connecting them to opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency.
The partnership between the RHA and CCS is a long-standing one which has benefitted Southeast Alaska citizens in many ways. On Prince Of Wales (POW) Island, the HUD ROSS-SC partnership has made it possible for Service Coordinator Beverlee Tyner to help local elders maintain their health, safety and independent living for the past several years. On POW Island, Beverlee is well known for connecting elders with needed resources and developing health promotion activities for them to enjoy. The RHA also provides many of the facilities through which CCS operates its senior citizen meal and ride programs, including the state-of-the-art Klawock Senior Center.
"Beverlee's work as the Service Coordinator has made such a positive difference in the lives of POW elders, that both RHA and CCS have been eager to replicate the program in other Southeast Alaska villages," explains Marianne Mills, Director of Southeast Senior Services. "We have been looking forward to this moment, when elders in Saxman and Yakutat can benefit from someone like Beverlee who can help them stay active and connected with others." Persons wanting to know more about the HUD ROSS program are encouraged to contact Ms. Mills at (907) 463-6154 or Marianne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yakutat Elder Saxman Service program will be modeled after the existing RHA ROSS program. Examples of the existing ROSS program include Elder-youth activities that are an everyday part of life that continues through programming coordinated by the ROSS Service Coordinator.