B'nai B'rith Senior Housing Conference in Tucson, Ariz. State Sen. Paula Aboud, and Head of Pima Council on Aging Will Attend
B’nai B’rith International, the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income senior housing in the United States, will hold its annual Conference on Senior Housing in Tucson, Ariz., at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. The conference agenda features informational workshops and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for housing management professionals, members of the facilities’ boards of directors and residents, as well as a young professionals’ development roundtable. About 100 people are expected to participate. “This is a critical meeting for B’nai B’rith housing,” said Marvin Siflinger, chair of the Senior Housing Committee of B’nai B’rith International and president of B’nai B’rith Housing New England. “The folks who come to this meeting have significant contributions—they are dealing with the day-to-day issues of our residents. It’s not just us talking to them, we will exchange views.”
This year’s four-day conference includes appearances by top-level Tucson community leaders and senior housing professionals such as Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud; Jim Murphy, president and CEO of the Pima Council on Aging; and Candy Atkins, a nationally recognized property management consultant. The attendees will have many opportunities to network in formal and informal settings, and share ideas in a variety of inventive and informative sessions.
“B’nai B’rith has been sponsoring affordable senior housing and providing training to the leaders and managers of their projects for almost 40 years,” Vice Chair Seth Riklin said. “Those attending will leave Tucson on Monday with numerous ideas to improve the lives of their tenants, and solutions to many of the problems that face them. With an acute shortage of low income senior housing in the United States, B’nai B’rith continues to be a leader in planning new communities and finding creative ways to fund their development.”
The Tucson area is home to three of B’nai B’rith’s senior housing communities: B’nai B’rith Covenant House of Tucson I and II, which opened in 1995; and the Gerd and Inge Strauss Manor on Pantano, dedicated in 2006. Attendees of the conference will visit these communities to view their successful operations and top-notch facilities.
The B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Network consists of 38 apartment buildings in 26 communities and is home to over 7,500 seniors of limited income without regard to race, religion, or country of national origin.