“I believe that an equitable society starts with integrated, equitable housing choices.” – Elise Selinger  ’16 (Master, City Planning)

Elise Selinger
’16

Master, City Planning

“I believe that an equitable society starts with integrated, equitable housing choices.”


What program or project did you participate in?
I participated in the Community Service Work-Study program.
 
How would you briefly describe your service project?
I worked with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, a nonprofit that develops and operates independent senior housing. I conducted a full market analysis for the organization that they will use to create an enterprise Aging In Community (AIC) senior housing model.
 
What did it mean to you to be able to do this?
I came back to graduate school for my master’s degree in City Planning in order to become an affordable housing developer. The work I did this summer will prepare me to launch new projects after school.
 
I wanted to do public service work because I believe that an equitable society starts with integrated, equitable housing choices. This experience has taught me that our country faces serious challenges in caring for our senior population and that it will take innovation on the ground and significant policy changes at the federal level to break the currently silos that exist between the housing and healthcare sectors.