Neglected Neighbors: How Elderly Housing Policies Fail Connecticut's Most Vulnerable

Number 27791
Subject Elderly
Source WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.)
State
Year 2016
Publication Date Nov. 22, Dec. 12, 20
Summary Thismulti-part series investigates a decades-old policy that mixes the elderly with disabled residents of any age in the same public housing. Dating back to the bills that established public housing during President Roosevelt’s administration, the definition of “elderly” was defined to include not only people over a certain age, but also people with disabilities. Today, that definition remains, despite decades-worth of government studies that show it to be problematic to house these populations together. Recommendations were made to ease management and social issues, but few were implemented. In Connecticut, legislators have been repeatedly warned about worsening issues by housing authorities and residents. Today, the policy is still in effect, and failing both the elderly and disabled people who live there.
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Keywords elderly; disabled; public; housing
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