As the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to grow, the demand for supportive housing will increase. To prepare for this shift in housing needs and amenities, AARP produced this fact sheet to discuss supportive housing developments that make it possible for older adults to remain in a residential setting and maintain their independence as they age.
The fact sheet provides a brief analysis of current supportive housing models, how these models are funded and provided to seniors, and the challenges and barriers associated with supportive housing developments. The term “supportive housing” encompasses a broad array of housing models that differ in size, cost, and level of care needed by the tenant.
Other report highlights include:
- Supportive housing models provide a range of services from around-the-clock care to light housekeeping services.
- Initiatives have been established to increase funding for senior supportive housing including Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program, and the Assisted Living Conversion program. The goal of these programs is to lower to out-of-pocket cost for seniors, so it is financially feasible for them to live in a supportive housing community.
- As the massive Boomer population continues to age, the number of older adults needing assistance to carry out routine activities will increase.
How to Use
The fact sheet offers a basic understanding of the services provided by supportive housing as well as the cost barriers associated with supplying this form of housing to older adults. Local planners and government officials can use this fact sheet to gain a better understanding of existing supportive housing models and the funds that are necessary to create this kind of sustainable living arrangement for older adults. Innovation within the housing market for older adults will be increasingly important as the 65+ population continues to grow, especially as more seniors demonstrate the desire to age in place.
View full report: Fact Sheet: Supportive Housing – 2010 (PDF – 44 KB)