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Report Identifies Supportive Housing Strategies for Aging Homeless

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Hearth, Inc

As the baby boomer generation ages, the older adult and elderly homeless population is increasing. Unfortunately, being without a permanent home makes it difficult for them to access the services necessary to keep them healthy, thereby resulting in a mortality rate that is 3-4x that of the general population.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Hearth, Inc worked together on a policy paper - Ending Homelessness among Older Adults and Elders through Permanent Supportive Housing- that discusses strategies for the following:

Target affordable housing for older adult and elderly populations by:

  • Ensuring support is there to assist in navigation of the programs and services.
  • Developing comprehensive services plans to emphasize coordination and accessibility.
  • Tailoring those plans to the specialized needs of homeless older adults and elderly (chronic physical illness, mental illness).
  • Creating clear communication strategies that alleviate fears of being put in a home and losing independence.

Promote the availability of permanent supportive housing to the older adult and elderly populations by:

  • Creating more housing and renovate current stock since there is shortage of supportive housing for all groups and every unit of supportive housing for the elderly has 10 applicants.
  • Revising federal and state policy to increase funding, make programmatic changes and foster interagency collaboration.

For the full report click here.



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