Intergenerational Housing: Tackling affordable housing & loneliness

New York
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Come join us for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges in intergenerational housing. We'll hear from panelists working to foster more intergenerational housing and the opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs therein.

Donna Butts - Generations United

Donna Butts is the Executive Director of Generations United, a position she has held since 1997. For more than 30 years, Butts has worked tirelessly to promote the well-being of older adults and children through nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world. An internationally sought-after speaker, author and advocate, Butts frequently speaks on intergenerational connections, grandparents raising grandchildren and policies effective across the lifespan. Her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. She has been interviewed on the TODAY Show, National Public Radio and ABC News, and was invited by the United Nations to sit on four expert panels most recently on intergenerational solidarity and social cohesion in preparation for the 2014 20th anniversary of the International Year or the Family.

Noelle Marcus - Nesterly

Noelle Marcus is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nesterly, a platform for intergenerational homesharing. It pairs people who have medium-term housing needs, like students or young professionals, with older homeowners with extra space to rent out. The service has a unique twist which allows renters to exchange help around the house for lower rent.

Noelle's career has focused on building equitable cities through civic technology, entrepreneurship, public policy, and economic development. Over the past decade she has worked within and for cities around the world including Athens, Bogota, Boston, Detroit, Kampala, Kansas City, Oakland, Mexico City and New York. She is graduate of MIT’s Masters in Urban Planning program and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Barnard College. 

Mark Dunham - Intergenerational Community Consultant

Mark Dunham works to advance the development of intentional, intergenerational communities that bring together individuals and families of different ages, incomes and abilities in small, "pocket neighborhoods" of reciprocal care and support. Examples of this approach can be found in supportive housing developments such as Bridge Meadows in Portland, OR, where older adults provide support for former foster youth and their adoptive families, or Bastion in New Orleans, in which Wounded Warrior veterans with life-long rehabilitative needs and their families live alongside retired military and other supportive neighbors. A former US Senate legislative aide and non-profit executive, Mark works with community-based organizations and key public-private stakeholders to catalyze housing developments that are adapting this innovative model to address local needs.

Keynote Speakers

  • Donna Butts

    Donna Butts

    Generations United

    Executive Director

  • Noelle Marcus

    Noelle Marcus



  • Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham

    Intergenerational Community Consultant

    See Bio


Thursday, Oct 11
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)


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127 West 25th St New York10011

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