Housing Event

A Place in the Sun or a Spot in the Shade: Affordable, Sustainable, and Independent Housing for Older Adults

We invite you to join us for the first in a 3-part series on the issues and challenges facing older adults in finding or retaining affordable and socially-connected housing in our communities.

Date: Tuesday, May 14 from 9 am to 12 pm
Location: Trillium United Church, 415 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines, ON

$20.00 if pre-register
$25.00 at the door (cash only, registration required at the door)

Speakers are subject to change without notice.

Registration opens April 23 at 9 am.

Dr. Markus Moos

Speaker 1:
Dr. Markus Moos, Professor and Registered Professional Planner, School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Whose job is it anyway? The complicated government dance of roles, responsibilities and responses to housing insecurity for older adults.

A discussion of the challenges older adults face in today’s housing environment and how they compare to other demographics. Dr. Moos will also examine how planning, development and funding policies that are blind to generational impacts can create barriers to appropriate and affordable housing, and contribute to housing insecurity amongst older adults – and will propose solutions.

Dr. Markus Moos is Professor and a Registered Professional Planner in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.

He researches the changing economies and social structures of cities, housing and land markets, generational change, imagination, and the nature of different types of knowledge. He has been credited for developing “youthification” as a new concept to help explain neighbourhood change.

Prof. Moos is fundamentally interested in these topics in an integrated way as means to gain a better understanding of how and why societies change, the role of public policy and planning, and the sustainability and social equity implications.

Dr. Penny Gurstein

Speaker 2:
Dr. Penny Gurstein, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia and former Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning; Co-Director of the Housing Research Collaborative

Being Seen and Heard: Policy and Planning Barriers and Obstacles in Meeting the Complex Housing Needs for Older Adults

Dr. Gurstein will discuss the systemic barriers that exist due to the socio-cultural aspects of community and housing planning. There is particular emphasis on how older adults may be marginalized in policy and planning and how, when marginalized, older adults’ unique needs for independent, sustainable, and affordable housing may be lost.

Dr. Penny Gurstein is a Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia and former Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning. She is currently the Co-Director of the Housing Research Collaborative.

She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. Her current research is investigating strategies for affordable housing both in Canada and internationally.

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10 AM to 12 PM
September 24 to October 29, 2024