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Elder Homelessness: Facts

One good resource to find facts specific to your state or city is the HUD Homelessness Data Exchange website. On the Public Reports page, you can request information for a specific state, region, city using data from various HUD programs.

33% The amount elder homelessness is predicted to increase between 2010 and 2020. It is estimated that it will more than double by 2050.
40,750 Number of sheltered homeless people in the U.S. who are aged 62 and older.
204,191 Number of sheltered homeless older adults in the U.S. who are aged 51 to 61
1,200 estimated number of homeless adults in Boston who are aged 50 and older. Of those:
982 are in and out of emergency shelters
33% Percentage of current workers who will likely rely solely on Social Security for all of their retirement income.
$27,048 The Massachusetts Elder Economic Standard: The annual income required by a single senior age renter 65+ in Massachusetts to meet basic expenses.
$10,248 The gap between the Massachusetts Economic Security Standard of $27,048 and the median income (excluding SSI and public assistance) of $16,800 is the largest faced by elders anywhere in the United States.


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