By returning to the true meaning of community, intentional planned communities can address some of societies toughest problems
Currently we are developing scenarios to create quality of life improvements for:
Improving the Quality of Life of Seniors
Are the 76 million retiring baby boomers assured of a quality of life retirement. It is somewhat surprising to find there is a dearth of information about what the “quality of life” for retiring seniors will be. We know they are healthier, wealthier and wiser than any senior cohort that preceded them. Better Living has 21st century concepts about what is quality of life of a retirees next 20 to 30 years.
Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender Homeless Youth
One of the most troubling issues in the world of homeless people is the group of young adolescents who are homeless GLBT youth. Estimates, while not very exact, have been set at 400,000 of the 2.8 million homeless youth fall in this population. As they gravitate to the larger cities, the problems and are more likely to surface in the metropolitan areas. Few services and programs have been established that are “best practices.” Working with Generations of Hope Development Corporation, we have been developing the concept of an intergenerational community that includes “host families” seniors willing to mentor and coach youth and homeless youth. This concept is looking for a host non-profit and site for this exciting new community.
Families of Wounded Warriors
Since 2001 there have been over 60,000 warriors wounded in US military conflicts. As there has been no draft, the ages of service people are older and the likelihood that they will have families with children is much greater. The continuing stresses of returning to civil life have been well documented. Creating communities that will preserve the family, reduce suicides, mental illness in children and bring well being and safety to the family may be one of the most creative approaches to reach this population. BLTC is monitoring a project in New Orleans that will be the first project of its kind in the country. There is a need for hundreds of these communities around the nation. Read more about how this project may be a new turning point for your agency.
Young Teen Mothers and their Children
While the birth rate among adolecents continues to decline, young teen mothering brings a series of hardships to both mother and child. Goals such as completion of secondary school, living wage employment, appropriate parenting and sound mental and physical health become a major set of challenges. BLTC believes it can help you build onto the “grandmother raising grandchildren” concept by developing an intergenerational community that will address the issues of the well being of mother and children, mentoring and coaching and teaching civic responsibility by community examples. BLTC is developing a multi-generational community to address a matrix of challenges that are associated with foster youth that have been incarcerated in the juvenile justice detention system. Not only will youth be afforded the opportunity to live in safe an secure host homes, but their growth and aging toward adulthood will be assisted by adults and senior adults in the community. A new charter school tailored to meet the needs of educationally challenged youth will be available for youth to the age of 22 years. The community is being planned to meet the specific needs of a state’s aftercare programming.