Come explore the intersection of health, homelessness and aging.
Supportive housing has proliferated in New York and nationwide because it stabilizes the most vulnerable members of society. Those with histories of homelessness and unstable housing, often suffering from chronic health conditions, mental illnesses and substance use disorders can find a home and the services they need to build better lives. In spite of well-documented successes, new issues are challenging supportive housing providers as the population ages:
- How to address the complex geriatric needs of a growing number of frail elder tenants in supportive housing who want to continue living independently but lack financial resources and family support networks
- How to accommodate the expected influx of impoverished older New Yorkers who, facing housing instability or homelessness in the coming decades, may need supportive housing
The upfront costs of promoting supportive housing "aging in place" through enhanced services and amenities are considerable. However, improved health outcomes and quality of life ultimately reduce dependence on expensive institutionalizations in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, etc. This translates into cost savings that can, in turn, be reinvested to help sustain supportive housing programs that benefit older adults as well as others.
- The “senior tsunami” and rise in population of seniors who are homeless, inappropriately institutionalized, or residing in permanent supportive housing and their emerging needs as an issue facing both housing providers and government, amid a rapidly changing healthcare landscape and rising housing and service costs;
- Building and service enhancements needed to effectively house and keep these seniors housed;
- Innovative pilots and programs that demonstrate the positive impact and potential for cost savings of on-site service enhancements; and
- Key state and city government funding and initiatives that respond to the needs of seniors and redistribute savings to support new and existing programs focused on seniors in supportive housing.
- Pascale Leone, Senior Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing
- Chloe Marin, ECHO Program Coordinator, Breaking Ground
- Kristin Miller, New York Program Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
- Brenda E. Rosen, President and CEO, Breaking Ground
- Julio Urbina, PhD, MPH (Moderator), Vice President, Director, Healthy Aging Program, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
All interested funders.