North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

The Rising Elderly Population

On April 1, 2010, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released a new report on aging among the homeless population entitled "The Rising Elderly Population." The report predicts that, without intervention, the elderly homeless population will increase by 33 percent by 2020 and more than double by 2050. The projections are based on the existing data on homelessness among the elderly, including the current rate of homelessness among older adults, the anticipated increase of the size of the elderly population, the reliance of many elderly persons on federal affordable housing programs, and the causes of homelessness for this population. Findings suggest that as the "baby boomer" generation becomes senior citizens, existing federal services - including Social Security, Medicare, and housing assistance programs for the elderly - will be critical for meeting the challenge of an increased elderly homeless population. The report also provides a review of the research on homelessness among elderly people, as well as current federal housing and service programs targeted at the older homeless population.
Read the full report here or download it from the NAEH website at
Sermons and Henry
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