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Love our Elders

Affordable housing that is both accessible and and in a good location is crucial for for the quality of life for people of all ages but even more so for older adults (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2014). In most household budgets, housing costs are the single largest item which causes it to directly affect peoples’ financial security and ability to plan for retirement (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2014). As adults grow older, their physical and cognitive abilities become more limited making accessibility essential to their well-being (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2014). Proximity to stores, services, and transpor

LGBT and Homelessness

According to The Guardian, in America, close to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT (Brown, 2015). In 2006, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force reported that for both cis and LGBT youth, family conflict was the main cause of homelessness. For LGBT youth, conflict over their sexual orientation or gender identity is one of the main causes for homelessness and considering that they only make up 7 percent of the youth population, the number of homeless LGBT youth is disproportionally high (Oregon Youth Development Council, 2016). Aside from having a higher rate of homelessness, LGBT youth are at greater risk of experiencing physical and sexual exploitation from adults, police, and

A Ray of Hope

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that in 2015 around 11 percent of homeless people were veterans and 39 percent of homeless veterans lived in unsheltered areas (2015). Most homeless veterans were alone but three percent were members of families with children (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2015) Since 2009, the rate of homelessness among veterans has dropped significantly (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2015). Between 2009 and 2015 the rate of homelessness among veterans has fallen by 35 percent (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2015). Although this is promising news,

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