Regardless of economic status or where we live, we should all be able to live and age in accessible, affordable, age-friendly housing in our communities. Yet, older adults are at the epicenter of the national housing affordability and homelessness crisis.
Nationally, almost one in three older renter households pay more than half of their monthly income for rent, leaving them just one surprise medical bill away from being pushed into the streets. Because of systemic inequities that have compounded throughout their lives, older adults of color are more likely to face extreme rent burdens, and are at much greater risk of becoming homeless.
Justice in Aging’s work to prevent and end senior homelessness aims to address systemic barriers to housing for low-income older adults. We advance equity-centered policy solutions to increase the supply of and funding for affordable age-friendly housing, and train advocates serving older adults on how to connect their older adult clients to affordable housing.