Housing is central to community and individual well-being. The type and location of a home can affect almost every aspect of a person’s life.
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 costs determine whether individuals and families can live in a neighborhood without sacrificing other basic necessities, such as food and health care.
A range of programs exists to address the lack of affordable housing. These programs are not nearly enough to meet the demand from those who are housing cost-burdened.
Almost 20 million households headed by someone age 50 and over are housing cost-burdened. That is, they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
On an average night in 2022, more than 580,000 adults and children experienced homelessness in the U.S.
Housing should meet the needs of all individuals, regardless of age and ability level.
Supportive housing refers to residential settings that offer additional services. These could be group meals, transportation, help with housekeeping, and personal care.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing sales, rentals, and financing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability status, or presence of children.
Seventy-seven percent of older adults desire to remain in their homes and communities as they grow older. However, a number of barriers stand in their way.