Housing survey shows that income of 47% of seniors less than $30,000

Senior housing survey shows that income of 47% of seniors less than $30,000 -- 75% of whom spend more than 30% of it on shelter

Triple A (Affordable, Accessible, Appropriate) Senior Housing has released two reports that focus on housing for seniors in Langley City and Township.

One is based on the results of a paper and online survey and the other is a report on a very successful Senior Housing Summit “ACTING NOW: Housing for our Aging Population”, held in September 2014.

The reports contain recommendations to all the Mayor and Council of  the City and Township of Langley. Provincial MLAs and Federal MPs have also been challenged to champion support to enable local officials to respond to these recommendations.

The reports were generated by Triple A Senior Housing and a working group of seniors. The need to address seniors housing requirements was first identified at a meeting of the Langley Community Seniors Action Table (LCSAT).

In the spring of 2013, a group of passionate seniors including representatives from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), the Langley Seniors Resource Society and LSCAT come together to explore this need.  A decision was made to work to further the development and preservation of housing options for seniors in the City and Township of Langley. In November 2013 a half-day workshop entitled ‘Searching for Solutions to Senior’s Housing Concerns’ was held and the paper and online survey was launched.

Among its findings the Langley Senior Housing Survey Report shows that an astonishing 75% of Langley seniors who live on an income below $30,000 spend more than 30% on shelter. In addition, 36% of respondents indicated that their housing is not meeting current mobility needs.

The second report focuses on the Triple A Senior Housing Summit: “ACTING NOW: Housing for Our Aging Population” held in September 2014. This report is comprehensive and presents ‘made in Langley‘ recommendations that are representative of relevant policies and strategies gleaned from presentations made by developers, representatives from Canada Mortgage and Housing, BC Housing, their non-profit partners and summit participants.

Among its recommendations this report calls for the preservation of existing rental stock by renovations and upgrades to current safety and accessibility standards. In addition, it requests the municipal governments to lobby BC Housing, the Ministry of Health and the Fraser Health Authority to take action to respond to the majority of older adults in the Langleys to ensure an adequate number of assisted living units and regulated services will be available to provide housing and care in their community when seniors are no longer able to live independently.

Both reports have been sent to the three levels of government with recommendations to avoid a crisis in the senior housing market. Many of the recommendations are in line with stated goals of the municipal governments of the Township and City, so Triple A Senior Housing is optimistic that the recommendations will add impetus to future planning and policy development regarding affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for seniors in the Langleys.