The Partnerships in Aging Program (PiAP) collaborates with key institutions and organizations to find innovative solutions to issues around aging and longevity. We are interested in talking to people who are ready to engage in conversations and actions that are aligned with PiAP’s mission. Specifically, we want to challenge stereotypes and current thinking that frames later life as a time of diminishment and loss, because we know that with appropriate support, older age can be a time to adapt, grow, and give back. If you are interested in forging a new partnership, please contact us.
HOPE (Housing Options for People with Exceptionalities) North Carolina seeks to address the critical need for housing options for people who experience disabilities by creating safe, affordable, inclusive communities where people of all abilities and ages engage with each other and experience a sense of belonging. The growing non-profit aims to develop its housing and transportation efforts through a Collective Impact framework. In partnership with PiAP and many cross-sector partners, they hope to create IDEAL (inclusive, diverse, engaging, affordable, and lifelong) communities for people who experience disabilities. HOPE NC’s inclusive communities will be intergenerational, with a percentage of the units reserved for older adults.
Northside Community and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center
The Marian Cheek Jackson Center is dedicated to preserving the future of historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC. Today, Northside and Pine Knolls are among the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the region. PiAP and the Jackson Center are collaborating to explore opportunities for intergenerational housing that brings UNC students together with Northside elders who need some assistance but do not want to move out of the neighborhood.
Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition
The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition (OCAHC) is an association of nonprofit housing developers, service providers, advocacy groups, and local government partners working together to provide housing opportunities for all in Orange County, North Carolina. OCAHC seeks to advocate for the creation and preservation of safe, dignified, affordable housing in Orange County. The PiAP intern for OCAHC supports the 25 organizational members with technical assistance, research, and communications.
Orange County Department on Aging
The Orange County Department on Aging serves as a focal point for the coordinated community and individualized programs designed to foster the well-being and engagement of older adults at all levels of ability. PiAP partners with the Orange County Department on Aging to support the Master Aging Plan, Project Engage, Senior Housing, and the Aging in Community Speaker Series.
PeeWee Homes builds small, dignified housing for people in our community making $1200 or less each month. Built in clusters of two or three homes, PeeWee Homes supports residents by connecting them with community resources, and providing opportunities to build relationships with other residents, neighbors, and supporters. Currently, all PeeWee Homes residents are over 55 years of age. PiAP provides leadership (Board membership) and hands-on support (student internships) to PeeWee Homes to ensure organizational practices and day-to-day activities support residents to stay in their homes as they age.
UNC Center for Aging and Health
We are facing a huge shortfall in preparing a workforce specially trained in geriatrics and gerontology. The UNC Center for Aging in Health has recently expanded its reach to ensure that professionals from many disciplines are trained to care for older adults. Particularly, the Center is crafting new initiatives to train emerging practitioners to work in teams. PiAP partners with the Center for Aging and Health to evaluate educational programming in Interprofessional Education.