Virginia State of Supportive Housing Stakeholder Forum 3: Aging and Older Adults
Supportive housing is a proven solution to some of the communities’ toughest challenges. It combines deeply affordable housing with robust and comprehensive services that help people who face the most complex challenges live with stability, autonomy and dignity. In Virginia, there is an estimated need for over 21,000 supportive housing opportunities to meet the needs of extremely low income Virginians experiencing or at risk of homelessness and institutionalization, living with disabilities and complex health conditions, and those involved in the justice, behavioral health, homelessness, child welfare, and aging and disability systems of care. Due to a history of racist policies and discrimination, these groups are disproportionately people of color and for those who wear more than one of these identities, the effects on their individual wellness and stability are compounding.
Join the Virginia Housing Alliance and CSH for a virtual policy forum comprising four interactive webinars to discuss the statewide need for supportive housing and provide input on how Virginia can advance solutions to meet this need.
Who should attend?
Everyone is welcome who has an interest in creating a Virginia that effectively serves people in
need of supportive housing, including:
- Justice sector partners
- Child Welfare agencies and service providers
- Housing developers and owners
- Homeless system planners and service providers
- Health partners, including behavioral health and substance use service providers,
hospitals, and Managed Care Organizations
- Aging partners, including Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and local Departments of Aging
- Local and state advocacy partners
- Individuals and families with lived experience in navigating housing and services through
Forum 3: Aging and Older Adults
Nationwide, the population of older adults is increasing, and overwhelmingly, older adults express they prefer to live in their own homes, rather than expensive nursing and assisted living facilities, but are often unable to due to the lack of affordable housing and community based services. Additionally, people with long histories of homelessness are experiencing advanced aging – generally 20 years earlier than the general population. This forum will include a discussion of the unique needs of Virginia’s aging population, current challenges in serving this population, and potential solutions that could be implemented in Virginia.