Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults

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


Provide accessible,

safe, and affordable homes

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.

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