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Goal: Meet the Housing Needs of Older AdultsAARP logo

Older adults face an array of housing challenges. Many live in homes that lack accessibility features, are unaffordable or energy inefficient, or are located far from important destinations
and amenities. Others need various kinds of assistance to maintain their independence and autonomy but cannot afford the supportive services that would allow them to age successfully
in a residential environment.

This toolkit provides a detailed exploration of these and other challenges facing older adults and describes a range of promising policies that some communities are adopting to address them.

Click here to view a Webinar introduction to the toolkit, presented as part of Housing Solutions Week 2010.
(Note: The Webinar file is very large and will take some time to load.)

Click on the boxes below to learn more about ways to meet the housing needs of older adults.

Provide accessible,
safe, and affordable homes

Fall Creek Place
Build, modify, and preserve homes that are accessible and affordable to older adults with a variety of incomes and abilities.

Improve access to social services and transportation options
Coordinate the delivery of services and public transit options with housing for older adults to help meet changing needs and preserve autonomy and independence.

Support housing models geared to
older adults
Enhance consumer choice by providing a range of residential alternatives that meet the needs and preferences of older adults.

Photo credits (L to R): Fall Creek Place, Indianapolis IN -- courtesy of Chris Palladino, Mansur Real Estate Services; Portland ME -- courtesy of Burden; Residents -- courtesy of Mercy Housing, Inc.

This Toolkit focuses on the needs of older adults, and is made possible with the generous support of AARP. The Center for Housing Policy gratefully acknowledges the input and feedback provided for this policy section by the following reviewers (in alphabetical order): Richard Duncan, Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University; Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company; Danise Levine and Jordana L. Maisel, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA) at the University of Buffalo; Nancy Libson, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; Eleanor Smith, Concrete Change. Please note, however, that the views and opinions expressed in the Toolkit, as well as any errors or omissions, are those of the Center for Housing Policy only and do not necessarily reflect the positions of AARP or any other entity.