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Summer 2017


Editor’s Note

Safe, affordable, comfortable, and aging-friendly housing for seniors, the focus of this edition of Evidence Matters remains a critical area of need as the population of older Americans grows. Seniors face a number of housing challenges, including those related to affordability, accessibility, social isolation, and access to services and amenities. In many instances, the current states of household savings, the housing stock, and the built environment are inadequate to meet the needs of a growing senior population. This issue looks at some of the policies and practices currently being implemented to address these challenges as well as the research and demonstration initiatives aimed at evaluating and improving the effectiveness of such efforts.

The lead article, “Housing for Seniors: Challenges and Solutions,” discusses how households; communities; and federal, state, and local governments are addressing housing challenges of seniors through home modifications, community design, and new models for connecting housing with medical and other services. The In Practice article, “Communities Support Seniors With Aging-Friendly Policies,” describes efforts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mableton, Georgia, to use policies and planning to make their communities more livable for older residents. Finally, a commentary, “Housing Challenges of Rural Seniors,” discusses issues that are specific to rural communities or that are worsened by certain attributes of the rural setting, such as remoteness.

With our Summer 2017 issue, we are introducing a new look for Evidence Matters. The first redesign since the publication debuted in 2011, our goal is to create a clean, modern layout that is visually appealing to readers while allowing us the flexibility to present the issue theme and content effectively. Please provide feedback on any of our issues at www.huduser.gov/forums.

 


Highlights

Housing for Seniors: Challenges and Solutions

Communities Support Seniors With Aging-Friendly Policies

Housing Challenges of Rural Seniors

Additional Resources

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EDITOR
Rachelle Levitt

AUTHORS
Rachelle Levitt (HUD) and Sage Computing staff

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