Living on social security can be frightening by itself and then you are unable to find an affordable place to live.
What happens when life changes in an instant?
Death of a spouse, loss of a home, loss of a job?
- Providing comprehensive resource access to health and social services to seniors and veterans in all communities. Per Peggy Bailey, Director of the Health Integration Project, lack of housing or poorer housing can dictate whether individuals are healthy or not “If someone is [living] on the street and has hypothermia, it is their lack of housing that is dictating their health, not just affecting their health in an indirect way.” Therefore, it is relevant to talk about housing as a component of achieving the Triple Aim, and
- Preventing homelessness while creating solutions that will truly help. There has been a 53% increase in homelessness in people age 62 and over. Meals on Wheels is overwhelmed, senior resource centers are in constant need of volunteers to keep up with the demand. Why? Housing, is unaffordable for the median income senior.
- Identified the specific population to be served: Seniors and Homeless or Disabled Veterans 62 and older with a monthly income level between $770-1275.
- Developed a partnership model for coordinating and integrating services
- Share information between housing and health care partners.
- Create a sustainable business model for housing and health program integration.
Creating supervised independent housing provides a stable SOLUTION for many seniors and veterans who cannot afford full rent, but may be able to pay for a portion. Think of it as "Golden Girls" style arrangement where several senior residents live together in a single house.
Preventing SENIOR Homelessness by creating solutions and giving options
- Housing prices are outpacing those older adults’ incomes in some cities. The median cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Phoenix, for example, is $1,049 a month, while the average monthly Social Security benefit in Arizona — which 30 percent of the state’s retirees rely on as their only income — is just $1,273.
- According to the 2015 Arizona Department of Economic Report on the Aging homeless population: Over 700 individuals being age 62 or older revealed that just in the last 4 years they have been homeless. There has been a 53% increase in homelessness in people age 62 and over.
- With more than 10,000 people turning 65 each day, that figure will soon apply to those in the middle, senior living income market.
Giving OPTIONS to seniors will help them not miss out on benefits that could help them cover food, housing, medication and other expenses because they are not aware of support programs for which they qualify, the Delia Foundation will work with seniors to discover resources and opportunities they may not have been aware of.