Retirement is supposed to be one of the best parts of life, when you can spend your time with family and friends, explore hobbies, and enjoy the fruits of your labor after decades of hard work. 

However, many people are surprised by how much it costs to live comfortably and safely during retirement. As seniors age, they often need different accommodations and more care, whether it’s from a family member, personal caregiver, or staff in a retirement community. But with the average cost for assisted living in Arizona ranging from $3,500/month to over $5,000/month, not everyone can afford this level of care. 

Almost 2 million low-income older adults don’t receive any housing assistance, forcing them to stay in their homes. This arrangement may be more comfortable for some seniors, but it can also be more dangerous as they age. In fact, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths 65 and older. 

As a real estate professional that cares deeply about helping people in our community, it’s easy to connect with this cause. While I wish everyone could experience the safety and security of a home they love, it’s becoming increasingly difficult as the senior population grows and as we navigate turbulent economic times that cause financial hardships.

Even when times are tough, home is what unites us. That’s what Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona believes, and why I’m excited to partner with them as our Homes for Good Non-Profit of the Quarter for July – September 2020.

Support for Local Seniors

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona (Habitat CAZ) is on a mission to solve this problem and help seniors live with dignity and safety. Their Aging in Place program focuses on making safety improvements, mobility modifications, and weatherization enhancements to homes for low-income Arizona residents who are 65 and older.

A few months ago, I had the privilege of visiting Habitat CAZ President and CEO Jason Barlow at a local construction site to learn more about how they’re building homes — and hope — for people across Central Arizona. 

After talking with Jason and his team, we were even more excited to get involved and support their cause. In addition to serving on the host committee for their Blueprints and Blue Jeans annual fundraiser event, we will be raising money for Habitat CAZ’s Aging in Place program this quarter to help make an even bigger impact. 

How You Can Help Them Age in Place, with Grace

With your involvement, we hope to raise $1,500 by the end of September, which will be matched by our generous Title Sponsor, Austin Bates and V.I.P. Mortgage. 100% of Homes for Good donations will go toward Habitat CAZ’s Aging in Place program so they can do more outreach, purchase necessary supplies for senior home renovations, and fund construction work.

Open houses are typically one of our main avenues for fundraising, but as the COVID-19 situation evolves, so are we. Since we’re not able to be together as much in person, here are three easy, virtual ways you can help us deliver essential supplies and hope to neighbors in need. 


Make a monetary contribution to Habitat CAZ’s Aging in Place program.

(100% of donations go directly to the program. Habitat CAZ is also a qualifying organization for the Arizona charitable tax credit.)

Donate via Facebook


In the market for a new home? Book a virtual tour of one of our listings, and we’ll donate $5 on your behalf.

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We’ll donate $1 for every person who joins the Homes for Good newsletter.

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Let’s work together to ensure local seniors can live their golden years in comfort and safety!