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  1. Housing Problems and Solutions for Elderly Asian and Pacific IslandersOctober 2001

  2. Housing Should Provide: • A sense of security • Supportive environment • Access to services

  3. Four Major Housing Problems: • 1. Affordability • 2. Adequacy • 3. Accessibility • 4. Appropriateness

  4. Problem #1- Affordability • High housing costs • Severe for Asian Pacific Islanders • Difficult to pay for other necessities: • Prescription Drugs • Energy • Transportation

  5. Improving Affordability • 1. Increase Federal Section 8 vouchers • 2. Build more affordable housing • 3. Preserve existing affordable stock

  6. Problem #2- Adequacy • Overcrowding • Condition of housing

  7. Addressing Adequacy • 1. Increase CDBG for rehabilitation • 2. Inform seniors of new state loan program • 3. Protect seniors from unscrupulous contractors

  8. 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

  9. Improving Accessibility • Role of Home Modifications • Increase independence • Avoid accidents • Help caregivers • Save money

  10. Problem #4 - Appropriateness • Housing unconnected with services • Limited options • Lack of innovative models • Housing is “one size fits all”

  11. Improving Appropriateness • Housing linked with services • Greater range of housing options • New models of housing • Culturally and ethnically sensitive housing

  12. Housing Goals • 1. Affordable • 2. Adequate • 3. Accessible • 4. Appropriate