In 2019, the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count revealed that the number of individuals 62 years of age or older who were experiencing homelessness increased by eight percent. To address the number of senior citizens who are aging into homelessness, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, directing County Departments to prepare a plan to prevent homelessness among older adults.
“Everyone deserves a home as they age, and it is unacceptable that a rising number of senior citizens are being priced out of their houses because they can no longer afford the rent,” said Supervisor Solis. “Individuals who were renting a room or living in someone’s garage now find themselves with no place to go. Older adults have contributed so much to our communities and we owe it to them to ensure we put in place a sturdy safety net to keep them from falling into homelessness.”
The 2019 Homeless Count also found that the number of people experiencing homelessness who are between the ages of 55 and 61 went up by six percent. In addition, a growing number of senior citizens endure mobility limitations and food insecurity and this could complicate their attempts at finding an affordable home.
Today’s motion calls for a comprehensive plan of action to counter the growing number of older adults experiencing homelessness, and it directs the County Chief Executive Officer and the Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services to work with other County Departments to prepare a report back in 120 days.
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