Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) is an initiative created by a collaboration of service providers and funded by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation and the Hoffberger Foundation. HUBS social workers help individuals 65 and older connect to resources to address roofing concerns, weatherization, no heat, plumbing issues, and other housing needs. Seniors are also connected to resources that help increase their mobility and safety within their home with modifications such as grab bars, raised toilet seats, and reinforced banisters.
A Leadership Team composed of Civic Works, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Baltimore, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, and Rebuilding Together Baltimore is administering the program and providing operational oversight. Five different sites received a sub-grant from Civic Works to coordinate housing and related services for Baltimore City older adults while also improving their health and safety, preserving the integrity of their properties, and helping them stay in their homes longer.
The sites are Banner Neighborhoods, Keswick Multi-Care/GEDCO/Action in Maturity (AIM), Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), and Strong City Baltimore. Each organization is operating in a different catchment area, working collaboratively to provide services for older adults throughout the entire city.
Social workers and staff members based at each site work with clients one-on-one to assess their home modification needs and determine other community resources that may improve the quality of their lives. This personalized service helps older adults access services to help them remain in their homes.
Please contact Danielle Bouchard, HUBS Organizer, at 410-387-0581 or dbouchard@StrongCityBaltimore.org for more information. For general HUBS referrals, please call 443-470-9871.