Social isolation is a major challenge for older adults living in publicly assisted homes. How are service providers modifying their programming to maintain social connections for older adults during the pandemic? This webinar will provide an overview of the challenges older adults living in publicly supported homes face and how housing providers help meet these needs. The webinar will conclude with a Q & A with suggestions on how housing providers can modify their programs to boost social connectivity for older adults during the pandemic.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current demographic landscape for older adults above 62 living in federally assisted housing properties.
  • Understand the unique needs of older adults living in federally assisted homes and how they may differ from other low-income older adults.
  • Discuss ways that federally assisted housing providers and their partners can improve social connectivity for older adults.
  • Hear how housing agencies are adapting their services to reduce social isolations during the pandemic as public health guidance changes.


  • Kelly McElwain, MPP, Research Analyst III, PAHRC
  • Sandra Serna, Vice President of Health and Housing, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)
  • Jerrie O'rourke, MSW, LISW-S, Corporate Director for Senior Care Management
  • Abra Lyons-Warren, Director of Cross-Sector Initiatives, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
  • Kyle Beltz, Regional Senior Service Coordinator, National Church Residences
  • Latoya McCrea, B.A., M.S.M.O.L., Director of Community, Economic and Development, Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven