Elders Living at Home
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 been providing emergency housing to more than 2,500 elderly men and women who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. The program refers clients to BMC for health care and provides them with a temporary haven until a permanent home is found. The goal is to help clients find and maintain a permanent residence where they can live as independently as possible. The program has a partnership with Pine Street Inn and other agencies to build clients’ independent living skills. More than 70% of clients move on to stable, permanent dwellings, and nearly all of those have been able to maintain their housing.
Learn more about Elders Living at Home at their official website.
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. The problem is only getting worse here and around the country. - Eileen O’Brien, ELAHP director.