GHDC was established to advance the development of GHCs nationwide. We are currently helping to facilitate development of over a dozen initiatives that have been inspired by the GHC model, advising them as needed on four phases of development: physical site development, program strategies, core community outcomes, and ongoing research and analysis. In addition, we are currently launching three new programs we deem essential to ensure that GHCs are widely replicated, and to realize our goal of augmenting the nation’s social services system with the untapped national resource of intergenerational community living. Our new expansion programs include: the GHC Collaborative (an online forum for the open exchange of ideas related to GHCs), Programming for Three Generations (older adults, familes, and children and youth), and Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships.
The GHC approach, utilizing neighbors who are empowered to provide social support and service within the community, is integrative by design and can therefore transcend traditional institutional boundaries to address complex problems. GHCs enable a shift in the focus of social problem-solving from intervention in community to community as intervention.When the promise of Generations of Hope Communities is realized nationwide, a multitude of social challenges will find new solutions.
A GHC is a neighborhood that is both a place where people live and a program to support their needs. It is an intentional, intergenerational neighborhood where older adults provide indispensable support to parents, children, and youth who, in turn, become instrumental in promoting the well-being of the elders as they age. As a program, a GHC is designed to address social problems that are often resistant to intervention from conventional social service systems by utilizing the contributions of all members of the neighborhood, who are supported by a small staff. In a GHC, the focus is on relationships, but other outcomes (safety, belonging, engagement, wellbeing) are also important and evaluated.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
Over the next three years, we need additional funders to ensure that our work will continue. We are specifically looking for investments in our new programs: the GHC Collaborative, Programming for Three Generations, and Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships. In addition, we are looking for real estate developers and contractors who are interested in helping to build new intergenerational communities. These goals will be accomplished within the next year. In years two and three, we will continue to build our knowledgebase, through the Collaborative and ongoing research and evaluation activities, and to expand our partnerships in order to create new GHCs.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Finding available land and the appropriate financing for new GHCs has been a barrier and will continue to limit the replicability of the project unless new funding streams are identified.