To help mitigate the digital divide, HACE has been cognizant of seniors who may not know how to use the internet and mobile devices and has taken steps to assist them with everyday resources available to them. HACE set up a training session for residents at its senior buildings to learn how to use tablets. Over 100 tablets were given to seniors, and college students from Rutgers University showed the senior residents how to use them.
HACE works with the Tenant Associations at the different senior buildings and the management staff in various capacities that include but are not limited to the following: organizing Tenant Association elections, arranging trips, scheduling educational workshops and health screenings, as well as planning recreational and holiday events.
HACE works with seniors who reside in facilities managed or affiliated with the Housing Authority to provide free services such as health education workshops, flu shots, and health & eye screenings. Also, working with Union County’s and The City of Elizabeth’s Offices on Aging, as well as other partners, staff refers interested residents to participate in other classes, offering social, cultural and recreational activities and programs. In addition, the staff is available to assist with information and referrals for services such as transportation to medical facilities, home health aides, durable medical equipment and adult medical day care programs. Finally, assistance is provided to residents in addressing a variety of other financial and personal concerns (i.e. medical bill advocacy, NJ SNAP Re-Certifications, Lifeline Communication Re-Certifications, etc.).
In partnership with Groundwork Elizabeth’s Come Grow With Us! initiative, HACE works during the spring and summer to access services to create and/or support existing vegetable gardens at our public housing and senior sites.