Actors Fund Trustee Annette Bening, on Affordable Housing for Artists
[This article, by Annette Bening, appeared in our Fall 2010 issue of Marquee, The Newsletter of The Actors Fund. Ms. Bening recently joined The Actors Fund's Board of Trustees. Click here to read this issue of Marquee, which outlines the full scope of The Fund's supportive, affordable and senior housing initiatives.]
Decent, affordable housing for working professionals, colleagues with special needs and seniors is essential. The Actors Fund is focused on building more opportunities for people who need housing. This issue of Marquee is devoted to all our housing programs and services, and I’d like to tell you why I want to help my colleagues in this way.
Working actors and others in show business need decent housing because earnings are low. Most people earn about $23,000 a year and have to live in urban areas with high costs of living. They also need access to good public transportation so they can get to and from auditions, evening performances and off-hour sessions and film shoots. Working in the arts, hours are seldom regular.
Also, seniors need a suitable place to retire for similar reasons.
Pensions are often modest, savings difficult to accumulate because
of the ups and downs of the business, and then there’s lifestyle —
it’s great to retire in a place with others who devoted their careers
to performing arts and entertainment.
A measure of our humanity is how we care for the ill among us.
We should be proud of how we help at our four residences — and
how the healthy and working join with the ill and disabled to build
community. The Actors Fund is devoted to caring for one another
and dedicated to collaborating with government, foundations,
individuals, unions and guilds, trade associations — everyone who
shares our commitment to supporting the Arts by helping the Artist.
Thank you for your support, and for your continued or future
support. Visit us online at actorsfund.org and make a tax-deductible
Annette Bening, Trustee of The Actors Fund