Launching Aging in Place
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF HORRY COUNTY GAINS ‘AGING IN PLACE’ CERTIFICATION
Older Americans are one of the fastest grown demographics in the country. In fact, it is expected that by 2030, 20% of the US population will be 65+. Yet, more than 19 million older adults are living in homes that are in disrepair, or ill-equipped to safely meet their needs.
These staggering numbers were a catalyst for Habitat for Humanity to create the Aging in Place program. This program serves low to moderate income seniors with the critical home repairs and modifications that allow them to age safely in their home. This keeps older residents connected in their community of choice, preserves the naturally occurring affordable housing stock in a community, and connects the assets of a community to support the wellness of its members.
In Habitat for Humanity of Horry County’s Neighborhood Revitalization work, we found ourselves having conversation after conversation with residents who were concerned about the well-being of their elderly neighbors who they remember had looked out for them as children through service, activism, and leadership just a few decades ago. After completing a few critical home repair projects for senior residents, it became clear that there was a need here for a more holistic approach to repair work for seniors. This is why Habitat for Humanity of Horry County became a certified Aging in Place Affiliate.
With Aging in Place, our organization collaborates with health and human services to evaluate individual needs and provide critical home repairs, modifications and community services specific to each homeowner’s lifestyle to preserve their home and their independence.
Safe and accessible housing is a key social determinant of health. As leaders in housing, with our vast network across the United States and evidence-based approach, Habitat’s Aging in Place program advances both housing and health equity for older Americans.