Future of Housing


The home is central to individual and community well-being and should support our lives today and into the future. In their work to address housing for older adults and their families, AARP and AARP Foundation created the Future of Housing Initiative with a focus on today and tomorrow. With 90 percent of Americans wanting to continue to live independently in their homes as they age, thinking about future needs today is of paramount importance.

When it comes to future needs our nation’s housing is severely deficient. By 2030, one in every five Americans will be over age 65, and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs. Only one percent of existing housing stock includes all five recommended accessibility features: no-step entry, single-floor living, extra-wide hallways and doors, accessible outlets and light switches, and lever-style handles. And today, more than 19 million older adults live in inadequate or unaffordable housing.

The time to prepare for the future is now.

Through the Future of Housing Initiative, we are developing strategies to address the senior housing crisis and make all of our communities affordable and welcoming for people regardless of age, background, circumstance, or physical ability.

See also: Jo Ann Jenkins on Housing for Tomorrow and Livable Communities

Award Competition

During 2016, AARP and AARP Foundation sponsored two competitions to identify innovative solutions for the housing challenges that people are experiencing across the U.S.  The competitions focused on creating new ways of addressing America’s housing affordability and accessibility needs, particularly for people 50 and older.

Winners of the AARP Foundation 2016 Aging in Place $50K Challenge, Wolf Schlagman, CEO and Founder Dr. Linda Rhodes, Chief Caregiving Angel.

2016 Aging in Place $50K Challenge - The AARP Foundation Prize was expanded to include the 2016 Aging in Place $50K Challenge, a competition for entrepreneurs with solutions to help low-income older adults live safely, independently and comfortably in their own homes as they age.  This new competition awarded $50,000 to Care Angel, an AI-driven caregiving assistant with the potential to revolutionize in-home care. Watch video from the finalists' presentations and winner announcement


See also: CareAngel - How We Care: A Patent-Pending Virtual Intelligent Caregivng Assistant
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The two-day summit featured two main events a forum and a roundtable.The Atlantic Housing for Tomorrow Forum underwritten by AARP and AARP Foundation featured panels of experts who discussed issues including the affordable housing supply, aging, and nimbyism. During the Future of Housing Roundtable, participants sat with other leaders to tackle issues including housing demand, health and housing, and existing housing financing mechanisms.  Additionally, participants began initial discussions on how best to combine expertise and resources and collaborate to solve America’s housing challenges.

To stay informed about the conversation on the Future of Housing follow us: @AARP, @AARPpolicy, @AARPCares, #FutureOfHousing.

The two-day summit featured two main events a forum and a roundtable.The Atlantic Housing for Tomorrow Forum underwritten by AARP and AARP Foundation featured panels of experts who discussed issues including the affordable housing supply, aging, and nimbyism. During the Future of Housing Roundtable, participants sat with other leaders to tackle issues including housing demand, health and housing, and existing housing financing mechanisms.  Additionally, participants began initial discussions on how best to combine expertise and resources and collaborate to solve America’s housing challenges.

To stay informed about the conversation on the Future of Housing follow us: @AARP, @AARPpolicy, @AARPCares, #FutureOfHousing.

Future of Housing

Home Design Challenge

The Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow design contest challenged architects and designers to create new standards in housing design so people can stay in their home throughout a variety of life stages. The goal of the challenge was met: generate universal design elements and build a home of the future that is attractive, adaptable and affordable. The first-place winning design is being incorporated into a real-life home in Memphis, Tenn. 

Once complete, the renovated home will illustrate policy in action. The modified home will showcase universal design and visitable features to help people, including those with limited mobility, easily enter the house and navigate from room to room free from barriers. Further, the renovation project and a design toolkit (to be released in Spring 2017) will demonstrate how individuals can make affordable modifications to their homes to make it more accessible and how communities can encourage the adoption of these features by establishing policies that support accessibility. Finally, the project will serve as an example of how diverse partners can collaborate to create innovative and effective action to address the housing needs of everyone, including older adults and other vulnerable populations. 

Future of Housing Summit Overview

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President AARP Foundation

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation, President

In collaboration with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, AARP and AARP Foundation hosted the Future of Housing Summit in Washington, D.C., in December of 2015. The summit's objectives were to develop a collective vision for meeting America’s housing affordability and accessibility needs over the next several decades and to identify actions that will help make this vision a reality.

Participants included leaders in business, technology, health, public policy, urban and rural development, social services, and city and regional planning.

To stay informed about the conversation on the Future of Housing follow us: @AARP, @AARPpolicy, @AARPCares, #FutureOfHousing.

 

To stay informed about the conversation on the Future of Housing follow us: @AARP, @AARPpolicy, @AARPCares, #FutureOfHousing.

Debra Whitman, AARP Chief Public Policy Officer Policy, Research and International Affairs speaks at The Atlantic housing for tomorrow forum

Debra Whitman, Chief Public Policy Officer Policy, Research and International Affairs AARP

The two-day summit featured two main events a forum and a roundtable. The Atlantic Housing for Tomorrow Forum underwritten by AARP and AARP Foundation featured panels of experts who discussed issues including the affordable housing supply, aging, and nimbyism. During the Future of Housing Roundtable, participants sat with other leaders to tackle issues including housing demand, health and housing, and existing housing financing mechanisms.

Additionally, participants began initial discussions on how best to combine expertise and resources and collaborate to solve America’s housing challenges.

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To stay informed about the Future of Housing, follow the conversation: @AARP@AARPpolicy@AARPCares, and share your thoughts using #FutureOfHousing.


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