Election Day is November 8 but this year you can vote early. So if you are going to be out of town or have no reason except to avoid the lines on Nov. 8 you can vote early without having to apply and return an absentee ballot. Early voting began in Brookline on Oct 25. There are 4 days left to vote early – November 1-4. There are 3 locations – Town Hall 333 Washington Street, Sussman House 50 Pleasant Street, and the Clubhouse at Putterham Golf Course 1281 West Roxbury Parkway. Places and times: Nov. 1: Town Hall 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Golf Course 8:00 am-8:00 pm and Sussman House 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Nov. 2: Town Hall 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Golf Course 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Nov. 3: Town Hall 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Nov. 4: Town Hall 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
Come to the annual Senior Center Craft Fair on Friday, November 4, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday November 5, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Proceeds benefit programs and services provided by the Brookline Senior Center. You will find handmade crafts, holiday gift items, baked goods, raffles, children’s items, and a white elephant selection. Get a head start on your holiday shopping!
The BHA administers senior housing in six buildings, all located within walking distance of Coolidge Corner. There are 391 federally-funded units and 32 state-funded units for seniors and disabled persons. Applicants for senior housing must be age 62 or older (or disabled) and have gross income under $51,150 (one person), $58,450 (two persons). Rent is 30% of adjusted gross income. There is a long waiting list, and preference for federally funded units is given to victims of domestic violence or natural disasters, and people who live or work in Brookline. Priorities for state-funded units are Brookline residents, veterans, victims of domestic abuse, homelessness due to natural disaster or public action, no-fault eviction, and medical emergency. For a listing of buildings for seniors, click here. Applications are available at the BHA office, 90 Longwood Ave (M-F 8:30-4:30), and on the BHA website www.brooklinehousing.org
Housing information for seniors, including information about the Brookline Housing Authority, can always be found at our web site.
Over the next several months, this newsletter will offer a series of articles on housing issues, as a follow-up to the theme of BrooklineCAN’s annual meeting in September, when our keynote speaker was Len Fishman, Brookline resident and director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. Fishman discussed the challenge of increasing affordable housing for seniors, and suggested one possible solution involving better use of attractive and inviting shared space. His talk can be found on Brookline Interactive Group’s coverage of the annual meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXIbRJZgmj0&feature=em-u
We begin this series with the article below.
Have you ever wondered if acupuncture was for you? Now every Thursday, Julia Herskowitz, a licensed acupuncturist, will be available to meet with individuals to explain the nature of and usefulness of acupuncture for various conditions. Julia will discuss the usefulness of acupuncture for each person. She can give a one-time treatment, if desired, to see what acupuncture feels like. For anyone who wishes to pursue further treatment with acupuncture, there will be referral information to nearby acupuncturists with private practices.
There is a requested donation of $3-5. To schedule an appointment call 617-730-2777.
The members of the BrooklineCAN Communication Committee want to thank Michael Oates for his help fixing a technical problem. We recently changed to a different hosting site for our online newsletter. During the switch the program we use to prepare the newsletter stopped working. Members of the committee worked to fix it, but it was Michael, who no longer lives in Brookline, who came to the rescue. We are now back in business thanks to him.
The fall Town Meeting agenda includes two warrant articles that stem from the work of our Livable Community Advocacy Committee. Submitted by Susan Granoff, Article 33 calls for the creation of a committee to study new property-tax relief options for low-and-moderate income senior homeowners. Susan is particularly interested in a local circuit breaker program that has been adopted by Sudbury that provides relief for some senior homeowners who do not qualify for the state circuit breaker program. Article 34 submitted by Henry Winkelman, calls for planning of an affordable senior housing development using air rights above the Town-owned parking lot between Kent and Station Streets in Brookline Village. The Livable Community Advocacy Committee supports both proposals and asks that BrooklineCAN members contact their Town Meeting members to urge favorable action on both proposals. Here is a link to contact information for Town Meeting members: http://www.brooklinema.gov/1020/Town-Meeting-Files