Support was provided by Oregon’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-12-001.
Aging population, Older people -- Housing
This report describes findings of an evaluation of the Housing with Services project in Portland, OR.
This evaluation was designed to assess the implementation process and impacts of a novel program of coordinated health and social services on behalf of over 1,400 residents of 11 affordable housing properties in Portland, Oregon. Affordable housing for older adults and persons with disabilities provides an important financial subsidy for persons with low incomes. To qualify for the affordable housing described in this report, individuals must have incomes of no more than $15,450 for a single person. In the U.S., over one million older adults receive housing assistance or live in a publicly-subsidized housing unit, such as an apartment funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HUD) (Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, 2015). Among all HUD-assisted housing programs in the U.S., 60% of household heads are either elderly or adults with a disability (34% are elderly) (US Center of Budget & Policy Priorities, 2015). Despite the importance of rental assistance to low-income adults, housing alone is not enough for some residents who lack access to health and social resources, including a primary care provider, preventative health services, mental health services, and food.
Carder, P.C., Luhr, G., West, M., & Morgan, B. (2016). Housing with Services Program Evaluation. Portland, OR: Institute on Aging, Portland State University.