Focus group on senior housing scheduled for Feb. 12

The Cleveland Heights Commission on Aging identifies concerns of older area residents and makes recommendations to city council when appropriate.

Commission members are currently addressing the longstanding lack of accessible, affordable housing for older residents who no longer can, or wish to, remain in their homes. Many seniors would prefer to remain in Cleveland Heights, but have few options.

A building need not be designated “senior housing,” to meet the needs of elderly residents. It must, however, offer one-floor units, without stairs, and elevator access to units on upper floors. It must include ADA-compliant kitchens and baths, accessible laundry facilities, and garages and doorways with wheelchair clearance.

The commission recognizes that there are as many ideas about what constitutes desirable senior housing as there are potential residents. For this reason, the commission is hosting a focus group to help generate and prioritize ideas about senior housing needs in Cleveland Heights.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 a.m., at the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC) in the Community Center, located at the corner of Monticello Boulevard and Mayfield Road. The snow date for the focus group is Feb. 19. Cleveland Heights SAC is closed when CH-UH schools are closed because of adverse weather conditions.

For more information, contact Amy Jenkins, coordinator of the Office on Aging, at 216-691-7379, or at

Judith Van Kleef

Judith Van Kleef is a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights and a member of the city's
Commission on Aging.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.31.2013