Housing Workshop


Miami Dade’s older adult population is growing like never before, and the quality of life of older adults is greatly affected by local policies, programs and neighborhood environments. The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is focused on helping local governments, sector leaders, and advocates improve our community, so that it supports a high quality of life for all ages and abilities. The Housing Workshop took place on September 21, 2016 and focused on provide tools and information to assist leaders in identifying and implementing age-friendly strategies at the local level. Please use the links below to access the proceedings from the workshop.


Time Session Details & Speakers
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Registration, Networking, & Lunch

Join us for lunch and networking as you check-in to the workshop.

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Welcome & Introduction

Kick off the workshop with a welcome and overview of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative and what it means to be age-friendly.

Shannon Kelley, Program Officer, Impact Team, United Way of Miami-Dade

About the Age-Friendly Initiative
Anamarie Garces, Executive Director, Urban Health Partnerships

Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative – Why We are Here  (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

12:45 pm – 1:05 pm

Need for Age-Friendly Housing

Framing the conversation and the need at a national and local level, speakers will provide an overview on the need for age-friendly housing including housing that is affordable, accessible, and adaptable.

Bobbie Ibarra, Executive Director, Miami Homes for All
(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

1:05 pm – 1:25 pm

Housing Services & Resources

Panelists will present and discuss current housing-related resources in Miami-Dade County.

State Resources
Zayne Smith, Associate State Director of Advocacy, AARP

Local Resources
Marsha Jenakovich, Director of Planning & Special Projects, Alliance for Aging, Inc. (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

1:25 pm – 2:00 pm

Age-Friendly Housing Strategy Case Studies

Presenters will discuss opportunities to address affordability, accessibility and adaptability. 

Affordable Housing Strategies
Barbara (Bobbie) Ibarra, Executive Director, Miami Homes for All
(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Adaptable & Accessible Housing: Aging in Place Strategies
Mary Ayala, Program Officer, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Municipal Housing Strategy
Luis Collazo, Communities for a Lifetime, Town of Miami Lakes
(Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

Housing Assistance Planning Strategies
Shekeria Brown, Executive Director, South Florida Community Development Coalition (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)

2:00 pm – 2:25 pm

Breakout Discussion

Guided discussion to review opportunities to prioritize policies, plans, or strategies in our communities. How can we begin to plan these changes in our municipalities, and what should be focused on?

Anamarie Garces, Executive Director, Urban Health Partnerships

2:25 pm – 2:30 pm

Wrap up, Next Steps & Closing

The workshop will conclude with a discussion on next steps. Will you pledge to make your outdoor spaces more age-friendly? 

Anamarie Garces, Executive Director, Urban Health Partnerships


Lead Agencies

Our partners include the following lead agencies: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships.

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