Conchy Bretos

Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2009
My work: creating a new norm for elderly people to stay in their homes rather than move to nursing homes.
This description of Conchy Bretos's work was prepared when Conchy Bretos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Introduction
Conchy Bretos has created an affordable assisted living model that allows low-income and disabled senior citizens living in public housing facilities to remain in their own homes instead of being forced into nursing homes against their will. Over the last 15 years, she has helped public housing authorities in 23 states renovate public housing buildings to comply with assisted living facility regulations and finance start-up operations through state and federal funding. Along with her team at MIA Consulting, Conchy is now poised to change public policy on elderly care through a pending national demonstration project with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services.
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