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The availability, affordability and variety of housing options support the widely held desire to remain in their communities as they age.

AARP Housing Principles

  • Improve home design
  • Promote affordable housing options
  • Strengthen federal housing programs      
  • Increase capacity for public-private partnerships
  • Promote financial security of housing assets
  • Foster home- and community-based service delivery

For detailed information on our policies around Livable Communities, please see our policy book.

Featured Publications

Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities

Subsidized housing opportunities near transit and the 50+ population.

Future of Housing

The AARP Public Policy Institute explores strategies to address the senior housing crisis.

Housing Accessibility

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Housing accessibility is determined by whether housing can accommodate people of all ages and abilities, and is crucial to the majority of Americans who say they would like to remain in their homes as they age.

The expected growth of the older population between 2010 and 2050 (from 40 million and 13 percent of the population to 89 million and 20 percent of the population) means that more housing suitable for older adults will be in demand. Policymakers must act now to ensure an adequate supply of accessible housing.

Livability Index

How livable is your community?

Housing Affordability & Choice

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Housing affordability determines whether individuals and families can live in a neighborhood without sacrificing other basic necessities such as health care. Low-income individuals and people living on a fixed income feel the effects of the nation’s affordable housing crisis acutely. Communities with a variety of housing options attract households of diverse sizes and income levels. They also support an individual’s choice to age in their home, in the community or in assisted living.

AARP Livable Communities

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Susan Reinhard is senior vice president and director of AARP Public Policy Institute. Read her latest blogs on family caregiving, healthy living, nursing and more. Read Susan's Blogs