Changes in housing needs and family dynamics demand a different approach in meeting the critical need for affordable housing. As a revolutionary response to such changes, especially the rising number of seniors who are raising their grandchildren on the south side of Chicago, the TRC Senior Village project was conceived in 2004. With this novel housing concept, TRC Senior Village endeavors to promote seniors’ ability to age in place and in a supportive environment by building two unique housing models for independent seniors, low to moderate income,seniors raising dependents.
The first development within our village, a HUD Section 202 independent living facility for low-income seniors, opened in September of 2010. Located at 346 E 53rd Street in the Washington Park neighborhood, TRC Senior Village 1 is comprised of 70 one-bedroom apartments and one staff unit. Amenities include walk-in closets, call buttons, front desk coverage, storage lockers, on-site laundry facilities, two resident lounges, two community rooms, a computer lab, a fitness room, social activities, and a community garden.
Additional housing facilities within the village for grandfamilies and moderate income or intergenerational seniors. When all three building are completed, though, the Senior Village project will then illustrate how seniors can support their peers who are parenting again, thus linking future generations to their past heritage. TRC Senior Village’s mission is to foster an empowering environment where seniors are active, healthy participants in their own community, achieving their full potential and maximizing their quality of life.
The goals of TRC Senior Village are to:
Create an attractive and innovative living environment for low-income seniors
Support seniors who are primary caregivers of dependents
Develop a multi-generational space that invites broader community participation
Grand family support is one of the core reasons that we have developed Senior Village. The housing needs of seniors have changed over the years, and the senior population is predicted to double by the year 2030. Furthermore, today's seniors are not only living longer and retiring later; their roles as grandparents are also being fundamentally redefined.
In Chicago, more than 41,000 grandparents age 60 years or older are responsible for grandchildren under the age of 18. These "grand families," according to a 1997 survey, included a significant number of low income households. Of the 335 grand families surveyed, more than 51% had incomes of $25,000 per year or less.
In 2006, 85.3% of grandparents in Bronzeville lived with grandchildren under the age of 18. In Chicago as a whole, the figure was 76.8%. Grand families account for 7.8% of family households in Bronzeville, compared to the citywide statistic of 5.2%.
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As a response to the unmet needs of community grandfamilies, TRC has been hosting a monthly support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and relatives who are raising their dependents. For the past five years, the group has fostered an open and supportive environment for its member. Members are invited to come and share their experiences, seek advice, or just listen. As a way to offer respite care and build community, meals are provided to the members at each monthly meeting. Information on resources and referrals is also routinely made available to group members. In addition, on a bi-monthly basis, guest speakers have presented on subject matters that pertain to grandfamilies such as legal guardianship, public benefits, and childhood development. Additional meeting time is spent actively supporting the current parenting needs of the group members. Self-reporting from members indicates a high-level of satisfaction with the support group, especially with regards to establishing an open forum for discussion and creating a supportive community of second-time parenting peers.
If you are interested in joining our grandfamily support group or if you would like more information about the group, please contact Tiffany Jones firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRC Senior Village is a founding partner of the University of Chicago's Southside Healthy Aging Resource Experts (SHARE) Network-a robust, engaged network of older adults, caregivers, primary care providers and geriatric specialist, who share resources and education to improve health for older adults on Chicago's South-side. Due to this partnership, numerous aging specialist have recently visited TRC Senior Village, offering health presentations on medication management, arthritis, heart health, and physical activity. It is our goal to broaden this educational forum to the wider community.
Located within TRC Senior Village is a comprehensive Health & Wellness Center. The center hosts numerous FREE wellness workshops, health screenings, and lectures! In addition, there are FREE aerobics, nutrition education, and Tai Chi classes! A state-of-the-art fitness room is also available FREE of charge! The center is located on the first floor of TRC Senior Village 1 (346 E 53rd Street) and is open to all seniors (residents and community members), who are 55 or older. All you have to do is fill out an application and attend a short consultation with a staff member!
Community service providers who partner with TRC to provide services at the Health & Wellness Center include Provident Hospital (guest speakers), Walgreens (health screenings), Anna York (Tai Chi), BodyParts Fitness (aerobics), University of Illinois Extension (nutrition education), Rivers Fitness (personal training), and many more!
At the Health & Wellness Center, we approach "health" from a holistic perspective. We believe that being healthy is a lifestyle and one that encompasses physical, mental, and social well-being. Furthermore, we believe that healthy living should not be a luxury, but a right. That is why our center is ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE!
If you are interested in joining or would like more information about our center, please contact us Here