19.4.3 IMPACT ON SENIORS OF MIXED TENANCY HOUSING

WHEREAS The supply of social (rent-geared-to-income) housing for seniors has not increased, even though demand is increasing due to increased numbers of seniors living in poverty, as evidenced by increasing numbers of homeless seniors,

WHEREAS Public policy encourages seniors to age in place and receive health care and other supportive services in their homes, which leads to more seniors living in their homes longer in increasingly frailer health, which puts further pressure on the inadequate supply of social housing,

WHEREAS There are increasing pressures to house the homeless of all ages, including adults with severe mental health and substance use concerns using the model of Housing First,

WHEREAS In part due to the limited supply of social and supportive housing, these other adults are also being housed in housing complexes previously reserved primarily for seniors and persons with disabilities of a physical nature,

AND FURTHER WHEREAS This practice results in some seniors living in fear of being harmed by these other adults and in general contributes to stress, social isolation and poorer health outcomes of seniors who have no other options for housing and who fear becoming homeless,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure policies are in place, including programs funded through the National Housing Strategy, to:

1) Provide rent-geared-to-income housing dedicated for seniors as part of affordable housing strategies (i.e., rent being no more than 30% of gross income), and

2) Provide supportive housing units in communities to ensure effective supports are available to tenants with severe mental health and substance use concerns, and

3) Ensure that tenant populations in seniors’ oriented rent-geared-to-income housing units have sufficient supports to recognize their often significant health care and disability needs and are composed of individuals who are able to live independently with these supports in a manner which allows all to experience quiet enjoyment of their residence.

Submitted by COSCO19.4.3 IMPACT ON SENIORS OF MIXED TENANCY HOUSING

WHEREAS The supply of social (rent-geared-to-income) housing for seniors has not increased, even though demand is increasing due to increased numbers of seniors living in poverty, as evidenced by increasing numbers of homeless seniors,

WHEREAS Public policy encourages seniors to age in place and receive health care and other supportive services in their homes, which leads to more seniors living in their homes longer in increasingly frailer health, which puts further pressure on the inadequate supply of social housing,

WHEREAS There are increasing pressures to house the homeless of all ages, including adults with severe mental health and substance use concerns using the model of Housing First,

WHEREAS In part due to the limited supply of social and supportive housing, these other adults are also being housed in housing complexes previously reserved primarily for seniors and persons with disabilities of a physical nature,

AND FURTHER WHEREAS This practice results in some seniors living in fear of being harmed by these other adults and in general contributes to stress, social isolation and poorer health outcomes of seniors who have no other options for housing and who fear becoming homeless,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure policies are in place, including programs funded through the National Housing Strategy, to:

1) Provide rent-geared-to-income housing dedicated for seniors as part of affordable housing strategies (i.e., rent being no more than 30% of gross income), and

2) Provide supportive housing units in communities to ensure effective supports are available to tenants with severe mental health and substance use concerns, and

3) Ensure that tenant populations in seniors’ oriented rent-geared-to-income housing units have sufficient supports to recognize their often significant health care and disability needs and are composed of individuals who are able to live independently with these supports in a manner which allows all to experience quiet enjoyment of their residence.

Submitted by COSCO