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. 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 extending the time that they can remain in their homes.
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 through assessing their home modification needs and determining other community resources that may improve the quality of their lives. By providing this personalized service, more older adults will access the services that they are eligible for and remain in their homes for an extended period of time.