How governments can help older adults age in place during a housing crisis

As a shortage of 6.5 million homes confronts the nation, the population of the U.S. skews increasingly older.

The lack of affordable housing, compounded with the growing population of Americans over age 65, means that older adults who desire to age in place are finding it much more difficult to stay in their communities.

The Census reports that one in five Americans will be over age 65 by 2030. This demographic shift means that local and state governments must prepare for the next generation of older adults and the subsequent changes in their housing needs.

The data tells a sobering story.