Housing and Homelessness Prevention

Expanding Access to Affordable Housing for Low-Income Older Adults

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.  

Resources 

Fact Sheet: AB2547 Housing Stabilization to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Older Adults and People with Disabilities ( March 2022)

Issue Brief: Do you Think Older Renters on a Fixed Income Can’t get Help with Back Rent? Think Again! (September 2021)

Fact Sheet: Older Adults in California Face Unaffordable Rents (July 2021)

Issue Brief: Older Adults and Rental Housing Burden (February 2021)

Justice in Aging’s Older Adult Housing Recommendations for the Biden Administration (January 2021)

Comments to HUD on Proposed Rule re: Making Admission or Placement Determinations Based on Sex in Emergency Shelter Facilities–the transgender shelter rule (September 2020)

Letter to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Regarding Project Roomkey Services for Homeless Individuals with Disabilities (August 2020)

Comments to HUD Opposing Changes to Verification of Eligible Status for Immigrants and Citizens (July 2019)

How to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Older Adults (April 2016)

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