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Blueprint for Affordable Elder Housing

Overview

By 2030, nearly 10 million Floridians will be age 60 and older, and 90 percent will want to age in place. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA)produced this Blueprint for Affordable Elder Housing to build on DOEA’s Communities for a Lifetime Initiative and to focus on the areas of housing, transportation, and mobility. Specific improvements to housing units and communities, sound strategies, and approaches to support aging in place for older adults are provided throughout the Blueprint.

Key Points

This Blueprint identifies mobility and community solutions to provide affordable housing for older adults aging in place, support caregiver networks, promote healthy lifestyles, and improve coordination among health and social services to better meet the needs of older individuals. The Blueprint discusses specific examples of the four main housing types for older adults, including independent living, shared living, shared assisted living, and supported living arrangements. To accommodate the rapidly growing older Floridian population, efforts to transform homes and communities must be made. Nearly one-third of all homes in Florida will need to be built or remodeled to meet the changing mobility needs of older residents.

Many homes in the state may need to:

  1. Be barrier-free and prevent falls.
  2. Minimize dependence on motor vehicles but still be accessible to all goods, services, and amenities of daily life.
  3. Be positioned near other older residents in order for organizations to efficiently deliver health and social services.

How to Use

Planners, community leaders, and local officials can use this Blueprint to gain an understanding of specific housing options that support healthy aging in place for older adults. Programs and implementation strategies are outlined throughout the Blueprint and provide guidance for any community seeking ways to address housing and mobility concerns related to the coming age wave.

View full report: Blueprint for Affordable Elder Housing (PDF – 6.7 MB)