The Foundation recently announced an additional $4.5 million in grants to nine nonprofits in Baltimore City for the continuation of the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) initiative. This three-year project will provide home modifications and repairs—including grab bars, electrical and plumbing repairs, and roof and furnace replacements—in addition to wraparound services for more than 900 older adult homes.

By consolidating the efforts of several organizations, HUBS creates efficiencies in referral, intake, and application procedures; ensures that clients are matched with the correct services; and eliminates redundancies so that a greater number of older adults can live in homes that are safe, healthy, and comfortable.

HUBS is part of a larger Foundation priority and commitment to projects and organizations that connect older adults and caregivers to services that help them age independently, within their communities, and with maximum quality of life. Baltimore County Age-friendly Upgrades for Seniors (BCAUSE), modeled off of HUBS, was launched earlier this year and provides similar services for Baltimore County older adult homes. To date, the Foundation has invested $13.8 million in these two initiatives, which serve more than 3,400 older adults.

The following organizations will provide services for this round of HUBS funding:

  • Banner Neighborhoods
  • CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
  • Civic Works
  • Green and Healthy Homes
  • Keswick Community Health
  • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore
  • Rebuilding Together Baltimore
  • St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center