In households headed by someone at least 50 -- and which also include a person with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs – only 46 percent have no-step entryways.
- The U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services agencies have funded 13 state agencies to provide rental subsidies to extremely low-income people with disabilities.
- Ohio offers tax credits of up to $5,000 to homeowners making their residences more accessible
- Massachusetts provides loans of up to $30,000 for adding accessibility features.
- States such as Colorado, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Orgegon, Texas and Utah give developers incentives to build affordable housing near mass transit.
- Volunteers at the Rebuilding Together nonprofit made 42,000 homes more accessible in 2013.
- The federal government must offer more rental housing assistance for adults 62+.
- Suburban communities must adjust zoning regulations to permit construction of more “granny flats,” add-ons to existing homes where grandparents could live with their adult children.
Washington is not a place where people have been working together on positive solutions over the last few years. What the Harvard and AARP study is doing is shining a light to show that it’s time to work together on these issues.
Individuals, government and private organizations know that the problem is real and intend to come together for creative solutions. We don’t have a choice. It is our obligation to care for our older population.