[Past Project] Intergenerational Housing Project

This project seeks to create an opportunity for Columbia University undergraduates to live alongside the elderly residents of a nursing home. By creating a long term care facility in Manhattanville or by partnering with a pre-existing facility, members of the RCSS are proposing that Columbia University plan to select approximately 10 juniors to take up residence in the facility each academic year. This arrangement would benefit both young and old participants by creating a unique community rooted in an appreciation for the value of intergenerational companionship. To name a few of the benefits to students and the elderly, this project would work to combat the harmful physical and emotional effects of social isolation often experienced by the elderly while providing an affordable housing option for students.