Homelessness and the Elderly

Homelessness among elderly people, who are more prone to victimization, is increasing.
December 20, 2003, 9am PST | Connie Chung
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HUD "estimates that 1.5 million Americans aged 62 and older are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless....The government says that although the elderly comprise only 10 percent of the homeless, their presence is increasing....Their plight is described as 'economic homelessness.' They stretch their fixed incomes to cover necessities--housing, food, medicine--leaving themselves vulnerable to homelessness when those costs rise, illness strikes or a spouse dies."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 in The Hartford Courant
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