Housing those Growing Booming Seniors

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The New York Times  notes that every day for the next 19 years 10,000 people in the United States will be reaching the age of 65.   “By 2035, one in three American households will be headed by someone 65 or older (and 9.3 million of those will be one-person households”.  These numbers mean a drastic change is needed in providing appropriate access and housing for seniors, something that a recently published report  from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, “Projects and Implications for a Growing Population: Older Households 2015-2035 Housing,” shows is sorely lacking.

The single family homes in suburbs and in Metro Vancouver are designed for people who drive, and have families. Often these houses are located in areas with restrictive zoning that will not allow the house conversion into multi-unit senior residences, and are not in walking distance to shops and…

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