SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING PROGRAM
There is some troubling evidence that homelessness is beginning to increase among elderly adults. In addition, there are demographic factors—such as the anticipated growth of the elderly population as baby boomers turn 65 years of age and recent reports of increases in the number of homeless adults ages 50 to 64 that suggest a dramatic increase in the elderly homeless population between 2010 and 2020. Although the traditional types of homelessness may still be observed on the contemporary scene, they are overshadowed by new forms that arise directly from the dominant processes of the modern era: industrialization, urbanization, decolonization, and the redistribution of political power. We see now a new population emerging today in greater numbers than any other documented time in history. The number of homeless elderly, medically compromised physically handicap and mentally ill is o individual. We refer to this group of people as special needs homeless. We see a drastic increase in the number of elderly that are living in abandon houses and under the bridge. People are living longer today and although some qualify for social security many have not contributed enough to receive a check, or the amount of the check is under $200.00 or less and it is not enough for them to live. Studies across the US have shown a clear upward trend in the proportion of ‘older’ persons’ (aged 50-64) among the homeless population. This is a group which frequently falls between the cracks of governmental safety nets. They are not old enough to qualify for Medicare so when their physical health is assaulted by poor nutrition and severe living conditions it may eventually resemble that of someone much older.Project Success offer shelter to special needs clients. We provide housing and personal assistance, transportation and medication monitoring. We have a nurse on staff and is in partnership with a local health and mental health clinic.