Seniors, aged 65 or older, represent an increasing number of the overall HSI tenant population. The reason is primarily twofold, with (1) the Baby Boomer generation, with persons 65 or older, growing faster than younger population groups in the United States and (2) HSI tenants aging in place.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing reports there is a clear upward trend in the proportion of persons aged 50-64 among the homeless population. Additionally, average lengths of stay for an HSI resident is now over 8 years. HSI's single largest destination for tenant move-outs is to their own private apartments in the community as we work with those tenants who have stabilized and are ready. However, HSI celebrates the permanency our housing affords tenants, and for many HSI is often their final home.
As a result, HSI programs are designed to help tenants maintain their independence for as long as possible through connecting them to home-based services and providing other essential supports. All of our sites work closely with and have linkages to in-home medical services designed to reduce the need for higher levels of care like nursing homes and other institutional settings. Kenmore Hall has an office on-site for the Visiting Nurse Service of NY, allowing for even greater coordination of care.
As new referrals are coming to us older and existing tenants continue to age in place, we are developing new programming every day to help our seniors stay healthy and safe in their homes. Classes like light yoga, nutritional workshops, walking tours, and other older adult focused groups and services are offered daily.
Today 28% of our tenants are 65 or older; in 5 years time that number will nearly double
100% of our seniors have access to
the home-based care they need