Advocates Focus on Senior Housing

We often think of affordable housing as something young, middle-class families need. But senior citizens hunger for it, too. Just as stagnated wages make young workers struggle to pay rent, fixed income puts seniors—40 percent of whom are classified as very low income—in the same kind of bind. And as New York gets grayer (the over 65 population is expected to double between 2012 and 2060) the housing needs of seniors will become even more pressing. In a recent survey by AARP, half of seniors said affordable housing was a major issue. But with federal support for senior housing eroding, the next mayor will have to decide whether to take a lead on the issue.