Reciprocity through Engagement in Intergenerational Housing

This Alliance for Strong Families and Communities member profile showcases the power of authentic engagement—approaches that support families and communities in developing and applying their strengths and gifts to achieve their goals.

Bridge Meadows in Portland, Oregon, is an intentional multi-generational housing community that is home to three generations of residents—former foster youth, adoptive parents, and elders. Through its multi-systems approach, this model integrates child welfare, foster care, affordable housing, and elder services solutions to create deep, sustained impact in the lives of residents.

Bridge Meadows believes that residents’ strengths and talents are crucial to addressing social changes. It fosters an environment that allows for mutually beneficial relationships across all resident groups, and its residents are asked to contribute their skills and talents to positively impact the community.

Recognizing that engagement should be viewed as a philosophy that underpins all of an organization’s work, rather than exist as a siloed program, this seroes of member profiles explores practices being applied by varied organizations. Regardless of programs or missions, meaningful results in health and well-being, equity, and safety and security for families and communities.

Topic of Report: 
Social Capital and Community Building
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