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Affordable Supportive Housing Fills Gap for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Supportive housing addresses the needs of the older adults and people with disabilities, providing health and other services in a social community, while maintaining residents’ independence.  With rising health costs, it is increasingly important to find ways to deliver services efficiently and supportive housing options are a critical part of the solution. This publication provides an overview of programs that provide affordable housing with supportive services. Case Study: Northgate II, an affordable housing property in Camden, New Jersey.

This Spotlight is part of the Future of Housing Initiative:

The home is central to individual and community well-being and should support our lives today and into the future. In our 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. The majority of Americans want to live independently in their homes as they age. Therefore 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 accessible and affordable housing to meet their needs.

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. Learn more by visiting:


Suggested Citation: 

Guzman, Shannon, Lisa Sturtevant, and David Huaman. Affordable Supportive Housing Fills Gap for Older Adults and People with Disabilities. Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute, June 2019.


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By 2030, one out of every five people in the United State will be 65-plus. Will your community be ready?

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