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Homelessness is Affecting More Older Adults as Rents Eclipse Fixed Incomes

Streetlight News
| Published May 23, 2024

Older people are the fastest-growing group experiencing homelessness, with some forecasts expecting this population to triple from 2017 levels by 2030.

But most communities have few shelter and housing programs tailored to older adults, who tend to have more complex needs and less ease navigating shelter and health care systems than younger people.

“Many shelters are large spaces with bunkbeds, where the bathrooms are far away and they don’t accommodate a wheelchair or a walker,” said Patti Prunhuber, director of housing advocacy for Justice in Aging. “They can be very large and cavernous, and for people with hearing or visual impairments, they’re particularly disorienting.” 

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