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Enhancing Eviction Prevention Supports for Older Adults in Social Housing

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Evictions are a key source of housing instability for low-income older renters. This community is particularly vulnerable to evictions due to a complex interplay of financial, social, and health factors that place housing at-risk. While research suggests social housing may offer some protection against evictions, older adults may still be at risk, particularly for non-payment of rent. Research on eviction practices within social housing, and with older adults specifically, is limited. As a result, there is an inadequate understanding of the factors that place low-income older adults at risk of eviction.

This paper explores the experiences of evictions among low-income older renters living in social housing to identify promising practices that can promote housing stability. The analysis draws on in-depth qualitative interviews and focus groups with 58 older adult tenants living in social housing as well as 58 local health and community service providers who support them.

  • By

    Christine Sheppard, Seong-gee Um

  • Published

    Apr 20, 2023

  • Subject Area
    • Housing
  • Audience
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Government (Politicians, Policy Makers) and Health Authorities
  • Category
    • Best Practices
    • Research & Evidence


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