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Housing Problems and Solutions for Elderly Asian and Pacific Islanders October 2001 Housing Should Provide: A sense of security Supportive environment Access to services Four Major Housing Problems: 1. Affordability 2. Adequacy 3. Accessibility 4. Appropriateness

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housing should provide
Housing Should Provide:
  • A sense of security
  • Supportive environment
  • Access to services
four major housing problems
Four Major Housing Problems:
  • 1. Affordability
  • 2. Adequacy
  • 3. Accessibility
  • 4. Appropriateness
problem 1 affordability
Problem #1- Affordability
  • High housing costs
    • Severe for Asian Pacific Islanders
  • Difficult to pay for other necessities:
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Energy
    • Transportation
improving affordability
Improving Affordability
  • 1. Increase Federal Section 8 vouchers
  • 2. Build more affordable housing
  • 3. Preserve existing affordable stock
problem 2 adequacy
Problem #2- Adequacy
  • Overcrowding
  • Condition of housing
addressing adequacy
Addressing Adequacy
  • 1. Increase CDBG for rehabilitation
  • 2. Inform seniors of new state loan program
  • 3. Protect seniors from unscrupulous contractors
problem 3 accessibility
Problem #3- Accessibility
  • Preference to age in place
  • Three major problem areas in home:
    • Getting in and out of house
    • Getting up and down stairs
    • Safely using the bathroom
improving accessibility
Improving Accessibility
  • Role of Home Modifications
    • Increase independence
    • Avoid accidents
    • Help caregivers
    • Save money
problem 4 appropriateness
Problem #4 - Appropriateness
  • Housing unconnected with services
  • Limited options
  • Lack of innovative models
  • Housing is “one size fits all”
improving appropriateness
Improving Appropriateness
  • Housing linked with services
  • Greater range of housing options
  • New models of housing
  • Culturally and ethnically sensitive housing
housing goals
Housing Goals
  • 1. Affordable
  • 2. Adequate
  • 3. Accessible
  • 4. Appropriate
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