Brief Housing as a Platform for Improving Outcomes for Older Renters
Brenda C. Spillman, Jennifer Biess, Graham MacDonald
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This policy framing paper is one of three that explores the potential for housing combined with support services to create better outcomes for vulnerable populations. The aging of the U.S. population will have profound implications for society, the economy, and the health care system. This paper focuses on mitigating the impacts on low-income older renters and on how housing can provide a platform for supporting their independence and well-being. The authors establish a theoretical basis and empirical evidence that shows a link between favorable housing and positive life outcomes. They propose research that can inform policymakers and practitioners in meeting the housing and service needs of this at-risk group. This framing paper is part of a series of field-building research agendas produced under the What Works Collaborative. More information can be found on the What Works Collaborative web page

Research Areas Health and health care Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Aging and retirement Housing Disability equity policy
Tags Economic well-being Federal housing programs and policies Health care delivery and payment Disability and long-term care Housing markets Homelessness Community-based care Medicare and private health insurance Long-term services and support Retirement policy Social determinants of health
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center