Elderly homeless people are among the most vulnerable population we serve. This overlooked group of people often struggles with physical challenges that exacerbate their efforts to get housing. We are privileged to know and work with many aging and elderly people at CCO, and we are enriched by their wisdom and experience.
The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that homeless persons aged 50-65 frequently fall between the cracks of governmental safety nets: while not technically old enough to qualify for Medicare, their physical health, assaulted by poor nutrition and severe living conditions, may resemble that of a 70-year-old.”
For those over 65 the current maximum monthly SSI benefits ($698.00 for an individual) remains well below the poverty line. Faced with the choice between food or necessary medication and housing, elderly Americans are finding it difficult to stay both healthy and housed.