Aging and Elderly Homeless People

Elderly homeless people are among the most vulnerable population we
serve. This overlooked group of people often struggle with physical challenges
that exacerbate their efforts to get housing. 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.
We are privileged to know and work with many aging and elderly people at CCO. We are enriched by their wisdom and experience.