NCRC Announces 2nd RFP for National Neighbors Silver

 Selected Grantees to Address Economic Security of Older Adults Through Organizing and Education

Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, is pleased to announce its second round of funding for National Neighbors Silver, an initiative to support and empower older adults nationwide.

As the United States suffers from historically high rates of foreclosure and unemployment, older adults across the nation are particularly susceptible to financial insecurity and instability. NCRC’s recent report about the financial stability of older Americans noted that over 13 million older Americans are economically insecure, living on only $22,000 or less each year.

“Many older Americans face new challenges in this economic environment. The sharp reduction in the value of most seniors’ primary asset — their home — means that they are now especially susceptible to financial insecurity. Through advocacy, organizing and education, National Neighbors Silver supports participating organizations to directly tackle the root causes of the unique economic challenges faced by America’s older citizens,” said John Taylor, President and CEO of NCRC.  

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NCRC Announces Grantees in National Neighbors Silver Initiative

Organizations Funded to Support and Empower Older Adults on Economic Security Issues

Washington DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), with support from  Atlantic Philanthropies, announced grantees in an initiative to organize and empower older adults across the country. National Neighbors Silver (NNS) brings community, public, and private sector partners together utilizing structured, neighborhood-focused education and organizing strategies that benefit older adults. The National Neighbors Silver grant will fund regional advocacy networks, facilitated by local organizers.

Five NCRC member organizations selected for this initiative were announced at NCRC’s annual conference last week. Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People of Cleveland, Ohio, United Neighbors of Davenport, Iowa, Faith Action for Community Equity of Honolulu, Hawaii, Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition/Jewish Community Action of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Causa Justa of Oakland California will be funded in the first year of NCRC’s National Neighbors Silver program.

The President of Atlantic Philanthropies, Gara La Marche made the first official announcement of the grantees at NCRC’s annual conference. “The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has a long history of listening to communities and helping to make change,” said Gara LaMarche. “We believe great things are possible when older adults are engaged to bring about change. We are delighted to celebrate the National Neighbors Silver grantees as they work to advocate with and on behalf of older adults across the country.”

In addition to the support of local organizers, each selected National Neighbors Silver site will engage older adult volunteers by training them in organizing and financial education strategies. These volunteers will become a part of an integral network of NNS leadership ambassadors, who will share best practices and strategies for organizing and educating their peers around issues of financial security.

“We’re confident that National Neighbors Silver will empower community organizations to address the needs of older adults at this critical time. The organizing and advocacy efforts of the groups we’ve selected will expand access to direct services and generate policy changes that will enhance the lives of older adults in communities across the country,” said John Taylor, President and CEO of NCRC.

The National Neighbors Silver initiative will fund five organizations over three funding cycles, for a total of 15 organizations. Each funding cycle for this program will last three years. For information about future funding opportunities, please contact Ed Gorman, Chief Membership and Workforce Officer at egorman@ncrc.org.

About the National Neighbors Silver Grantees:

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NCRC Announces RFP for Initiative to Empower Older Adults

 Addressing economic insecurity of older adults through regional organizing and advocacy groups

Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), with support from Atlantic Philanthropies, is pleased to announce its 2011 Request for Proposals (RFP) for National Neighbors Silver, an initiative to support and empower older adults nationwide.

As the United States suffers from historically high rates of foreclosure and unemployment, older adults across the nation are not only more numerous than past generations, but also more susceptible to financial insecurity and instability. Many older adults who lost their jobs during the economic crisis have been pushed out of the workforce and into early retirement.

“Many older Americans face new challenges in this economic environment. The sharp reduction in the value of most seniors’ primary asset — their home — means that many are now especially susceptible to financial insecurity. The National Neighbors Silver initiative will support participating regional organizations to directly tackle the root causes of the unique economic challenges faced by America’s older citizens,” said John Taylor, president and CEO of NCRC.

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