The original study was supported by a faculty development grant to Dr. Carder from Portland State University. There was no funding for secondary data analysis.
Journal of Aging and Environment
Sustainable urban development -- Oregon -- Portland, Older people -- Housing -- Oregon -- Portland, Housing policy -- Oregon -- Portland
Housing has long been considered a social determinant of individual and population health. Older adults with low incomes face several challenges to maintaining stable, affordable housing. Using data from a previous explanatory study of older adults waitlisted for housing assistance (n = 267), we explore individual characteristics and themes associated with older adults’ perceived housing instability and risk of future homelessness. This mixed-methods study identifies salient themes of financial insecurity, age discrimination, employment and health, interpersonal relationships, and trauma. Our analysis and findings highlight experiences of instability over the life course related to older adults’ current housing circumstances.
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Published as: Sarah Dys, Anna Steeves-Reece & Paula C. Carder (2021) Lifelong Instability and Perceived Risk of Future Homelessness in Older Adults, Journal of Aging and Environment, DOI: 10.1080/26892618.2021.2001706