Housing and Services Resource Center

Affordable and accessible housing that is safe and connected to services and supports from the community is a basic human need and a social determinant of health. For older adults, issues related to housing serve as one of the top reasons they contact the Eldercare Locator.

Although most older adults and people with disabilities want to live in their homes and communities, few communities have a sufficient supply of affordable, accessible and supportive housing. As a result, homelessness among older adults and people with disabilities are rising concerns for communities. Unmet housing needs are particularly high among African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians and Alaska Natives due to longstanding structural injustices. Housing instability and homelessness can exacerbate health conditions and lead to preventable falls and injuries, avoidable hospitalizations, transitions to nursing home or residential care, social isolation and more.

Partnerships between the aging and disability networks and the housing sector are a powerful way to enhance housing options for older adults and people with disabilities. By working with the housing sector, AAAs, Centers for Independent Living and other community-based organizations can align resources and service delivery to help address for unmet needs in the community and develop creative solutions that would be beyond the reach of a single organization.

USAging supports the Administration for Community Living as it partners with other federal agencies to make community living a reality for all older adults and people with disabilities. One major project is developing an online technical assistance center with knowledge, tools and model practices for partnerships that enhance access to affordable, accessible housing and services. USAging also convenes a national stakeholders’ group to advance housing and services partnerships at the state and local level.

Project Lead
Molly French, Director, Housing and Services Resource Center