The U.S. population of elders is doubling over the next few decades. How can we bring together existing resources for our elders effectively, today? What's already available to elders that simply needs finer coordination to be better utilized?
We know that better health happens through a well-connected, caring community. Vytality Health research decided to analyze census data to understand readily available support for housing and health. Our preliminary research on housing, a difficult local issue in the Bay area, revealed readily available resources.
The US Dept of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. It appears there are many unused vouchers in our communities! Yet upon closer look, many communities such as SF have closed their applications for vouchers.
Further, people must independently find housing that will accept vouchers. With the housing shortages in SF and the Bay Area, this is another challenging area we are researching. We believe Vytality Health and a number of another organizations can collaborate to find hidden, but readily available, solutions.
See below for our analysis of elder (65+) census data and housing voucher programs in California.