Senior Homelessness in Arizona Continues to Rise

Senior Homelessness in Arizona Continues to Rise

Sahana Donepudi

The homeless population in Maricopa County has risen by over 35 percent in the last two years and seniors make up the largest portion of that population. Studies show that the cost of living and rent have increased past what Social Security can cover. Social security covers up to a 1,000 dollars per month which doesn’t cover rent, food and basic needs for those citizens. As older people lose their jobs and their physical and cognitive health decrease, it becomes harder to obtain jobs and keep them.

The homelessness rates in Arizona have been slowly climbing over the past five years with increasing rent prices being one of the main causes. Solutions include building new housing more accessible to elderly people on their own with rent that can be covered by social security or free facilities for the homeless. Around 30 percent of the homeless people in Arizona are seniors and the rate continues to rise.