Public Housing for Seniors Must Meet Today's Needs

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Public Housing for Seniors Must Meet Today's Needs

July 19, 2006

Abstract

This commentary argues that the senior population in public housing today differs from the able bodied adults living independently for whom much of the housing was built in the 1960s and 1970s. Not only are some raising minor children, others are in such poor health that they need affordable housing with an assisted living component. The author calls for housing authorities to assess the health and family status of their older adult residents and plan creative ways to meet current and anticipated housing needs.

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