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Aging in Place resources

As leaders in the housing sector, Habitat has paved a path for housing organizations to connect their older adult repair work to health care through programs like CAPABLE, developed by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, and Habitat’s Housing Plus model. 

Experts in the housing sector developed these evidence-based strategies to help housing organizations pair their home repair work with the expertise and assistance of healthcare professionals, providing older adults with holistic, integrated health and housing support. 

The Habitat network has seen evident results – older adults that partner with us show improved quality of life and increased capacity to safely and securely remain in their homes as they age.

Our resources hub is a launching point for the other housing organizations to learn about and implement Habitat’s innovative aging in place solutions, resources and data with the goal of helping even more older adults age in the homes and communities they love.


The CAPABLE model is a theory-driven, evidence-based, client-directed and home-based intervention developed by researchers from Johns Hopkins University. In this model, a construction specialist works with a nurse and occupational therapist to improve the client’s independence and mobility; manage chronic symptoms; and decrease health care costs — all to help increase the older adult’s capacity to age in place.

Our Bridging the Gap guide focuses on helping housing organizations break down and implement the CAPABLE model and other aging in place strategies, with the goal of connecting housing and health to customize care to clients. Learn more about Bridging the Gap below.

Bridging the Gap guide

Habitat created the Bridging the Gap guide to help Habitat affiliates and our fellow housing organizations connect their home repair and home modification work with the health care sector for a holistic aging in place approach.

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Habitat and the CAPABLE model

As part of our innovative Aging in Place strategies, Habitat for Humanity implemented the CAPABLE model across five Habitat affiliates. This model is an evidence-based approach developed by researchers from Johns Hopkins University to help holistically address older adults’ needs.

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Aging in Place impact

By partnering with Habitat’s Aging in Place program, older adults across the U.S. are able to access the resources they need to age in their homes, while maintaining both their independence and quality of life. The results are happier, healthier older adults – just take a look at some of the stories they’ve shared with us.

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