Meaningful policy improvements must start by centering the experiences of real people. Our coalition captures impactful human stories about the experiences of aging so that we can build awareness and support for community-based services, advance policy solutions, and build a common understanding of the role we all play in creating age-friendly communities.
Willie worked in property management for 25 years. At age 62, Willie was given a severance package. He found an apartment and diligently looked for work, but was unsuccessful. Willie now lives in HUD Section 202 senior housing that guarantees that his rent will be one-third of his income.
Lynda feels very fortunate to have located affordable housing so quickly. She applied to live in two affordable housing complexes and was accepted about three months later to her current residence, where she has lived for five years. She is the mother of two adult children. For 41 years, she worked in the medical field as an office manager and medical assistant.