Members of HRDC say that we are on the precipice of a severe crisis in Montana when it comes to unhoused elderly people. Specifically in Bozeman, HRDC says they’ve seen an increase in unhoused elderly, and they believe this is mostly due to the high cost of living and their Social Security money isn’t enough to live on.
HRDC’s Jenna Huey says, “Last year, we saw about 30 individuals over the age of 65 staying with us. This year we’ve seen at least 48. If we extend that out to the population of 55 to 61, which are the ones that are entering into that population, that jumps up to about 73 for the entire year. And so we are seeing an increase in folks experiencing homelessness who are in that aging population,” said Huey.
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