Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

 Updates,Friday September 11th, 2020

 Some of you remember a session we had a couple years ago with some friends from AARP Massachusetts which was called “home fit”.I was unable to attend the program but everyone who did raved about it and brought back lots of helpful information on home adaptations to make you “home fit”…get it?

Anyway, home fit has been a reliable guide and resource for elders looking to make modifications to improve safety in the home and subsequently enhance a person’s ability to remain independent.Now the guide has been updated to reflect changes and ideas which have occurred since the last iteration.

Here’s a link; The HomeFit Guide from AARP

The guide is also useful for elected officials, policymakers, planners and local leaders to learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so their residents can live safely and comfortably in their own homes and not somewhere else.

The Williamstown Community Chest is hosting Sweet Treat September this Saturday, actually that’s tomorrow folks,  (with more dates tbd).  Here is an opportunity to support the local food pantries and have a sweet treat at the same time! You can find out about the Sweet treat event here;

Now here’s some news for renters….The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a federal order that prevents residential evictions for qualifying renters through December 31, 2020 to help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. You can see a copy of this news with all the details in the Federal Register. I added a link to the information  for you to look at below..

 To be protected, qualified renters must provide a signed declaration to their landlord that they have experienced a loss of income, made best efforts to pay rent, attempted to obtain relevant government assistance, and have an annual income of no more than $99,000 for an individual, or $198,000 for a family. A little bit more that i may have expected , then again I don’t live in a city nor pay those expenses.

Declaration Form

[PDF – 58 KB]

Oh…Balance Class was rained out yesterday. At the moment we’ll be doing just 2 classes, one each on Monday and Thursday. Seems like included in lour current numbers are folks who can only come one day or the other. This might work for now, if not, drawing board.

Good weekend all.