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New Report Highlights the Need for Housing and Health Care Integration for Senior Population

 

Bipartisan Policy Center’s new report, Healthy Aging Begins at Home, highlights the challenges to independent living for seniors. According to the authors, the senior population will exceed 74 million by 2030, out of which 70 percent will need expensive long-term services and support. As the senior population continues to increase, there is a growing need for housing options, specifically affordable housing with support services to enable elders to remain in their homes and communities. Moreover, homelessness among older adults is projected to increase by 33 percent (15,000 individuals) by 2020, if the supply of affordable housing units’ remains stagnant and seniors continue to experience severe rent burdens.

The report identifies a number of strategies that the administration, Congress, and federal agencies can implement to better serve low-income seniors, some of which are highlighted below.

  • The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness should include older adults as a priority population and develop a plan to prevent and end homelessness among that population.
  • Congress and the administration should:
    • Create new senior supportive housing programs; 
    • Continue to fund and preserve rental assistance programs under the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly; 
    • Coordinate supportive services for seniors by launching an initiative that focuses on health care and long term services and supports for Medicare beneficiaries living in publicly funded housing; 
    • Allocate funding for rental- assistance programs to serve low-income seniors; and 
    • Increase funding for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to support affordable housing for seniors. 

Click here to read the report. 

 
 

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