(USA Today) Seniors are particularly vulnerable to financial and health disasters that can leave them homeless. USA Today on October 2, 2019 reported that senior homelessness is projected to nearly triple nationally by 2030, to 106,000 people.
The article covers the city of Santa Monica, which has created a first-of-its-kind subsidy program to support low-income seniors in danger of homelessness or displacement. Apparently California has a “Master Plan for Aging” scheduled to be completed by October 2020.
As an example, in 2013, Madlynn Johnson had her own apartment and a steady job. A car accident changed everything. Her job gave her months off work. She drained her savings. She couldn’t catch up on rent and other bills. Depression took hold. In 2014, she lost her housing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nationally, Johnson was one of the 40,000 people age 65 and older who were homeless in 2017, according to a study by researchers in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. That number is expected to nearly triple by 2030. READ MORE