“Elderly homelessness has been rare within the contemporary homeless problem. We’ve always had very few people over 60 who’ve been homeless historically. But of course that’s changed as this group has come in. It’s now arguably the fastest rising group,” said Dennis Culhane, professor of social policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Local Context: between 2019 and 2022, the number of seniors (61+) receiving emergency shelter services at our Warming Center locations increased by 41%.