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How housing that mixes young and old can improve the lives of both

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Kristina Fleming, 23, suffered from depression before moving to Genesis, a 27-unit building in DC’s Takoma neighborhood, where seniors live next door to young adults transitioning from foster care with their own children. In previous homes, “people didn’t care about my feelings,” said Fleming, who has a 7-year-old. “We were just neighbors.” At Genesis, the elders relate to her mental health issues, she said. When she’s feeling down, they ask what’s going on, and she confides in them. “We are all one – different ages, races, ethnicities.”

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