A Growing Need
It may be difficult to imagine a need for services NeighborLink Indianapolis provides, especially when driving through downtown Indianapolis or up in one of the historic neighborhoods within our city, but the need is real.
Estimates from a U.S. Census Bureau survey indicate that there are over are 12,000 owner-occupied senior households in Marion County with household incomes less than 150% of the poverty level. On top of that, there are approximately 4,000 owner-occupied households below the poverty level that report an individual with a physical disability.
For those seniors who are living on less than 150% of the poverty level and may not have family or friends who can help them with small home repairs—those small issues can stack up to be great big issues. It is shocking to learn how many seniors in Marion County alone do not have a working furnace or plumbing. For those seniors, they do not have the funds nor the family to help. That's where we come in.
Low-Income Housing for Seniors is a growing challenge
A 2019 study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found inequalities among seniors (65-and-over) had grown to an all time high. Ensuring low-income seniors have the means to live affordably and safely in their own homes or move to suitable housing will be a growing challenge for cities.
Over the next 20 years, households in their 80s will be the fastest-growing age group.
Most older adults live in single-family homes. Of the 24 million senior homeowners, 80% live in single-family homes (as of 2017). The majority of these homes are at least 40 years old and present maintenance challenges for their owners.
By 2038, the number of older adults living alone is projected to reach 10.1 million.