AARP Housing Principles

People of all ages and ability levels need safe, decent, and affordable housing that will enable them to continue living safely in their homes and communities as they get older. Housing policies should be 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, backgrounds, and abilities, including those from groups that are discriminated against. Policies that alleviate the impact of past and current discriminatory housing practices and address disparities should be developed and implemented. 

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. 

Promote housing stability—older adults and other community residents should be able to decide when and under what circumstances they move. Communities should offer housing options that are affordable, accessible, and livable to allow this to happen. 

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 services to allow them to remain safely in their homes and communities as their needs change.