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SeniorTrust/ElderTrust

2018 Update

Background

Pursuant to the settlement of two related Chancery Court cases (SeniorTrust/ElderTrust) in Davidson County, Tennessee, approximately $36 million in funding will be granted to six different in-state organizations for the purposes of implementing statewide initiatives designed to improve older Tennesseanss lives. Through the efforts of the Court and a group of five philanthropic organizations who provided their expertise, a process was developed to accept and then carefully vet statewide proposals in four specific areas for innovation, ability to implement, and sustainability. The process took almost two years to complete.

The four areas were selected based upon statewide need and a history of limited resources.  They are:

  • Senior Affordable Housing
  • Senior Dental
  • Senior Legal Assistance
  • Senior Transportation

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) is charged with oversight of grant administration. Because of the importance of this effort for older Tennesseans, TCAD and the five philanthropic organizations involved in the grant distribution all committed to continuing work (for no compensation) and oversight of these grants so that they achieve their overall purpose. 

 

Funded Projects

Housing

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will provide home modifications for more than 1,000 older Tennesseans. These home modifications will allow seniors to age in place in their own homes.

Westminster Home Connection

Westminster Home Connection will provide critical home repairs, as well as sort-pack-move services, for older Tennesseans in the East, Middle, and West regions. These home modifications will allow seniors to age in place in their own homes, and the sort-pack-move services will assist older Tennesseans as they transition to other housing options.

Dental

Interfaith Dental

Through education, transportation, and care, Interfaith Dental's “Smile On” program will utilize a statewide network to provide oral health services and education to an estimated 65,000 older Tennesseans and aging service providers.

Nashville Public Television (NPT)

NPT will implement a multi-platform education and community engagement project about senior dental issues and produce a new documentary, Aging Matters: Senior Dental.

Legal

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Through a first-of-its-kind alliance, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the four Legal Aid Societies from across the state will provide direct legal assistance (accessing benefits, avoiding elder abuse, core housing issues, and estate planning) to approximately 8,500 older Tennesseans.

Nashville Public Television (NPT)

NPT will implement a multi-platform education and community engagement project focusing on senior legal issues and produce a new documentary, Aging Matters: Senior Legal Issues.

Transportation

Southwest Tennessee Development District

The MyRide TN  Senior Volunteer Transportation project will create and implement thirty new volunteer senior transportation projects across the state. These new projects are estimated to serve approximately 7,500 older Tennesseans.