3.7 M William Sermons

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3.7 M William Sermons

  1. 1. <ul><li>Demographics of Homelessness Series: The Rising Elderly Population, by Sermons and Henry, April 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Motivated by: <ul><li>Community-level reports of increasing homelessness among older adults: </li></ul><ul><li>New York City: Median age of homeless person from 28 in 1987 to 42 in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago: Increase in older adult (50 – 64) homeless population, but not in 65+ population </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco: Increasing representation of 50+ among the street homeless population </li></ul>
  3. 3. Investigation led to the following findings: <ul><li>Relatively rare are among adults 62+ </li></ul><ul><li>Economic vulnerability stable over time </li></ul><ul><li>Heavily dependent upon affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Projected increases in homelessness among adults 62+ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Homelessness is relatively rare are among adults 62+ <ul><li>43,450 shelter users 62+ in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Rate (62+): 9 per 10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Rate (18+): 55 per 10,000 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Level of economic vulnerability stable in decade ending 2008
  6. 6. Elderly people rely heavily on multiple affordable housing programs
  7. 7. Aging of the population may mean a growth the elderly homeless population 2020: 33% increase 2050: 100% increase
  8. 8. Policy priorities <ul><li>Increase in affordable, permanent units </li></ul><ul><li>Get homeless older adults into housing </li></ul>

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