AARP Housing Principles

People of all ages and ability levels need safe, decent, and affordable housing that will enable them to continue to live safely in their homes and communities as they get older. Policymakers should adopt policies aligned with the following principles to support the broad goals that achieve this vision.

Secure affordability—communities should offer a range of housing sizes and types located across neighborhoods. Adequate subsidies should be available for all who qualify.

Ensure equity—affordable, accessible, high-quality housing should be available to people of all incomes and backgrounds, including those from groups that historically have faced discrimination. Policies should be developed and implemented that alleviate the impact of past discriminatory housing practices.

Prioritize accessibility—housing should be designed for people of all ages and ability levels, including those with disabilities. This empowers community residents to age in their homes and communities as well as live in the setting of their choice.

Ensure health and safety—housing should be designed and maintained to ensure the health and safety of all residents, including older adults.

Foster service delivery in housing—older adults should have access to convenient home- and community-based servicesLong-term services and supports provided in individuals’ homes or in community settings, including adult day services, assisted living and other residential care settings. to allow them to remain safely in their homes and communities as their needs change.