Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Coachella Valley seniors will gain access to art and music therapy, coffee socials, a walking club and other mental health and wellness services through a new program from the Hope through Housing Foundation.
The mental health initiative aims to improve the overall mental health of Coachella Valley seniors who reside in affordable housing communities and to combat stigmas associated with mental health. Programs will focus on easing feelings of depression, loneliness and isolation, particularly among vulnerable seniors and individuals who have experienced homelessness.
The program is part of Hope through Housing’s Connections to Care program, which – in addition to physical and mental health services and efforts to foster social connectedness – supports nutritional food sufficiency and offers rental assistance, entitlement and benefit program assistance, transportation aid, money management, utility assistance, disaster preparedness and safety education.
“This grant will allow Hope through Housing to strengthen services to seniors who face significant challenges,” Hope through Housing President Gregory Bradbard said. “We are thankful to our partners at the Regional Access Project and Desert Healthcare foundations for their commitment and support.”
Hope through Housing’s mission is to help break the cycle of generational poverty. Utilizing onsite community centers and long-standing relationships with residents living within National CORE affordable apartment communities, it can deliver resources and support right where residents live.
Hope through Housing has three additional areas of focus. The Pathways to Economic Empowerment program supports family stabilization leading to economic mobility through a mix of secure, affordable apartment homes and onsite services/supports that empower adults to overcome barriers to employment and improve their financial situation. The Building Bright Futures initiative offers elementary to middle school students a safe, inclusive environment and daily support within 30 community centers. In partnership with its housing partner, National CORE, the foundation’s Unlocking Opportunities program also provides a stable living environment for individuals and families at risk of homelessness.