[Hpn] Number of elderly homeless in L.A. is growing

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 07:47:10 -0400


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Number of elderly homeless in L.A. is growing
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-homeless20mar20,1,5549955.story

A new study says that population is aging and few services exist to =
serve it.
By Cara Mia DiMassa, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer=20

March 20, 2008=20

It's known in many circles as a "quiet crisis" -- a surging population =
of older Americans over the next 15 years. And for those who serve the =
homeless in Los Angeles, that portends a dramatically worsening =
situation.=20

The nonprofit Shelter Partnership spent the last two years studying the =
plight of Los Angeles County's homeless elderly -- a population, it =
concluded, of 3,000 to 4,000. The study, which is being released today, =
marks the first time that the region's elderly homeless population has =
been studied.=20

Their conclusion: Homeless adults 62 and older are among the =
fastest-growing and most vulnerable homeless populations in Los Angeles =
County -- and that while a host of programs serve homeless families and =
individuals, there are few programs specifically for the elderly.=20

"We have seen this anecdotally," said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan =
Perry, who chairs the council's Ad-Hoc Committee on Homelessness. "But =
this puts it down in hard-core words that can't be ignored."

The elderly homeless, according to the study, are a disparate group. At =
least a third, and perhaps as many as half, are considered chronically =
homeless -- who officials have traditionally had a hard time getting off =
the streets.=20

Among the study's other findings:=20

* More than two-thirds of Los Angeles County's homeless older adults are =
male.

* 28% reported prior military service -- a number that is twice as high =
as the general homeless population.=20

* 62% reported having a physical and/or mental disability.=20

* Almost two-thirds of adults living on the streets are receiving some =
income, either from Social Security or Supplemental Security Income.=20

The Shelter Partnership survey makes many recommendations about how Los =
Angeles can best serve the elderly homeless.=20

Chief among those, said Shelter Partnership Executive Director Ruth =
Schwartz, is to concentrate on establishing a body that would focus on =
creating permanent, supportive housing options for them -- similar to =
what cities such as Boston and San Diego have done. Perry suggested that =
the city could "include a percentage of whatever we gather for the =
housing trust fund to set aside specifically for older adults, because =
of their unique needs."

Recent estimates place the total number of homeless at around 65,000.

That number, said Schwartz, "is huge. Three to four thousand is not =
huge. It's manageable. It's what people have in most communities."

cara.dimassa@latimes.com








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a surging=20
population of older Americans over the next 15 years. And for those who =
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the homeless in Los Angeles, that portends a dramatically worsening =
situation.=20
<BR><BR>The nonprofit Shelter Partnership spent the last two years =
studying the=20
plight of Los Angeles County's homeless elderly -- a population, it =
concluded,=20
of 3,000 to 4,000. The study, which is being released today, marks the =
first=20
time that the region's elderly homeless population has been studied.=20
<BR><BR>Their conclusion: Homeless adults 62 and older are among the=20
fastest-growing and most vulnerable homeless populations in Los Angeles =
County=20
-- and that while a host of programs serve homeless families and =
individuals,=20
there are few programs specifically for the elderly. <BR><BR>"We have =
seen this=20
anecdotally," said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who chairs =
the=20
council's Ad-Hoc Committee on Homelessness. "But this puts it down in =
hard-core=20
words that can't be ignored."<BR><BR>The elderly homeless, according to =
the=20
study, are a disparate group. At least a third, and perhaps as many as =
half, are=20
considered chronically homeless -- who officials have traditionally had =
a hard=20
time getting off the streets. <BR><BR>Among the study's other findings:=20
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adults are=20
male.<BR><BR>* 28% reported prior military service -- a number that is =
twice as=20
high as the general homeless population. <BR><BR>* 62% reported having a =

physical and/or mental disability. <BR><BR>* Almost two-thirds of adults =
living=20
on the streets are receiving some income, either from Social Security or =

Supplemental Security Income. <BR><BR>The Shelter Partnership survey =
makes many=20
recommendations about how Los Angeles can best serve the elderly =
homeless.=20
<BR><BR>Chief among those, said Shelter Partnership Executive Director =
Ruth=20
Schwartz, is to concentrate on establishing a body that would focus on =
creating=20
permanent, supportive housing options for them -- similar to what cities =
such as=20
Boston and San Diego have done. Perry suggested that the city could =
"include a=20
percentage of whatever we gather for the housing trust fund to set aside =

specifically for older adults, because of their unique =
needs."<BR><BR>Recent=20
estimates place the total number of homeless at around =
65,000.<BR><BR>That=20
number, said Schwartz, "is huge. Three to four thousand is not huge. =
It's=20
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