Meet our Home For Good Partner, Affordable Living For the Aging!

Meet our Home For Good Partner, Affordable Living For the Aging!

Two successful ALA home sharers!

 1.  What services does Affordable Living For the Aging provide for seniors?

Affordable Living for the Aging’s mission is to provide vulnerable seniors with affordable housing and supportive services.  We help stabilize seniors who did not expect to fend for themselves later in life.  With our support, aging Angelenos access resources that benefit them emotionally, physically and socially.  We connect them to their peers and to other service providers.  Some get medical attention, and others finally have a place to recover from an illness or chronic condition. Our team believes that all people have an absolute right to age with dignity and respect.  Everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, should live their later years feeling loved and cared for.   Over the past three and half decades we have met with more than 30,000 seniors who needed someone to help them find a safe, decent place to call home.  But the demand for our services is growing.

 2.  What are some of the unique challenges that homeless seniors face?

America is aging at a very rapid rate.  Seventy-two million “Baby “Boomers,” born between 1946 and 1964, are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day.  An estimated one-third of them are struggling with where to live on fixed incomes like social security.   Contemplate the magnitude of the issue ---- twenty-four million Boomers, living on $750 a month, for the next two to three decades.

The Baby Boom demographic, coupled with increases in average life span compel us to create housing options that are adaptive to an older, less affluent society.

Lamentably, the millennial recession, large public budget deficits and hostility to public domestic spending have dramatically reduced resources for affordable housing.   Despite this challenge, at ALA we believe that shared housing has the potential to meet the demand for increased affordable housing without reliance on public capital funding.

Shared housing consists of two or more people sharing a home. This could be a homeowner renting a vacant bedroom, or two or more people renting bedrooms in a group setting.

 3.  What are the benefits of cooperative living?

The economics of shared housing are attractive as an increasing percentage of seniors are balancing mortgages and high rental costs with other living expenses.  Shared housing can provide a source of income and access to non-medical support for those who have ‘extra house’ to share but are otherwise constrained by limited resources.  And researchers at UCLA have confirmed that shared living enhances mental and physical health and improves longevity.

 4.  If in 5 years your organization was featured in the LA Times, what would the headline read?

Our headline would read, “Affordable Living for the Aging’s Shared Housing Program Helps Seniors Gain Security, Companionship and Support.”

Over the next decade ALA will serve as a catalyst and leader in promoting shared housing as a viable model for supporting vulnerable seniors and individuals with special needs. With the help of a national network of shared housing organizations and the inclusion of other community-based partners, private care professionals, city planners, leaders and funders, ALA will proliferate shared housing as a mainstream resource.

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