Resources and Advocates for Housing Options Panel

    Living independently can be a challenge as you age.  Do you want to stay in your home or apartment but need some help, either financial or with household chores?  Are you ready to apply for affordable housing but don’t know where to start? Are health issues making it difficult to stay in your home?

    Join our us for a facilitated panel of community resources to consider your options.  

    The Panelists

    Pauline Burkey, Metro HomeShare

    Pauline will inform us about the Metro HomeShare program which matches homeowners with potential renters, including background checks and counseling support. Pauline is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, where she studied Interpersonal and Organizational Communications.  After many years working with organizations providing aid to developing countries, she switched her focus to local efforts. She joined Ecumenical Ministries in early 2017. The program launched in 2017 and serves the tri-county area.

    Charlie Meyer, Villages NW

    Charlie will talk about the Village movement and its opportunities for a new network of friends close to home and affordable assistance with transportation, household chores, and technology from friends and neighbors. Charlie served as a City and County Manager for nearly 40 years in local governments in New York, Minnesota, Virginia and Arizona. In his retirement, he is applying his experience solving community problems and capturing opportunities to advancing our burgeoning Village Movement to produce sustainable and meaningful change in people’s lives.

    Jemma Stromwick, Elders in Action

    Jemma will inform us of EIA’s Personal Advocate Program which helps people over the age of 60 and adults living with a disability to stay living independently by helping to deal with consumer issues, scams, threats of evictions, identity theft, and completing subsidized housing application. Jemma Stromwick recently started with Elders in Action as one of the Personal Advocated Program Coordinators. She spent several years at 211info as a Community Information and Resource Specialist, and later went on to coordinate two programs that focus on breast and cervical cancer detection. Jemma cares greatly about older adults, especially helping them access resources, stay connected in their community and providing support for independent living.

    Jody Michaelson, Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services

    Jody will discuss various levels of community-based housing, including independent living, assisted living, residential care, memory care, adult care home and nursing home. Jody Michaelson has been the Transition and Diversion Program Manager at Aging and Disability Services Division since 2008. A 17-year County employee, she also has served as a Case Manager, an Intake Worker, an Adult Protective Services Investigator, and a Program Supervisor. She is dedicated to leading her team in providing consumer-driven and focused services with choice, dignity, and respect being the heart of all the work.