Elders Living at Home Program
Faced with the unlucky combination of poor health, unstable housing and rising housing costs, older Boston residents can turn to the Elders Living at Home Program (ELAHP) at BMC for compassionate and effective help. Since 1986, the program has provided emergency housing to more than 2,500 elderly men and women who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. The goal is to end elder homelessness by helping clients find and maintain a permanent residence where they can live as independently as possible. "Many do not realize how easy it is for older men and women to be displaced from their residences due to poor health and high rents," notes ELAHP director, Eileen O'Brien. "The problem is only getting worse here and around the country." With health and well-being top as priorities, the program refers clients to Boston Medical Center for health care and provides them with a temporary haven until a permanent home is found. In addition, the program has a partnership with Pine Street Inn and other agencies that help build clients' independent living skills. More than 70% of clients move on to stable, permanent dwellings, and nearly all have been able to maintain their housing.