Senior Housing Initiative
Robert P. and Clara I. Milton lived for many years on the West side of South Bend. Robert managed one of the city’s leading drug stores at the turn of the 20th century. The Miltons did not have children. Upon their deaths (Robert in 1931; Clara in 1942), they bequeathed their estate for the purpose of creating a retirement home for seniors.
In 1982, the retirement home was sold. Through the Community Foundation’s Robert P. & Clara I. Milton Fund, however, the Milton’s generous bequest is still being dedicated to meeting senior housing needs for our aging population in ways that promote dignity, independence, and quality of life.
The Community Foundation is studying the current and projected housing challenges facing our senior citizens and seeking innovative and effective ways to address those challenges. Primary emphasis will be given to efforts serving the poorest and most vulnerable seniors.
Charities that are dedicated to meeting senior housing and related needs are encouraged to apply for funding. Application deadlines are November 1 and May 1.