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Sustainable urban development -- Oregon -- Portland, Older people -- Housing -- Oregon -- Portland, Housing policy -- Oregon -- Portland


Affordable housing is an important form of income security for low-income older persons. This article describes characteristics of older persons waitlisted for either public housing or a housing choice voucher (HCV) (previously Section 8) in Portland, Oregon. 358 persons (32% response rate) completed a mailed survey with questions about demographics, health and housing status, food insecurity, and preference for housing with services. Findings indicate that many waitlisted older persons experienced homelessness or housing instability, poor health, high hospital use, and food insecurity. Public housing applicants were significantly more likely to report lower incomes, homelessness, and food insecurity than HCV applicants. We conclude with policy implications for housing and health agencies that serve low-income older persons.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Aging and Social Policy on March 2016, available online:



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