A Housing Lens for Aging Policies

Principal Investigator: Nancy Berlinger

Co-Investigators: Jennifer Molinsky, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and Lauren Taylor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine and The Hastings Center

Funder: Greenwall Foundation

Most Americans want to age in place, but that goal relies on housing affordability, accessibility, and proximity to services. This project will apply a “housing lens,” developed through empirical bioethics research, to age-focused policymaking and social innovation.

Through collaboration with a socially engaged network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, the project will produce a set of issue briefs that critically analyze ideas at the intersection of health policy and housing policy. The issue briefs will be designed for age-focused policymakers at the state, regional, and local levels, reflecting their roles in master planning, building codes, Medicaid, incentivizing housing development, and interfacing with federal policymakers and private-sector partners. Dissemination will target “age-friendly” policymakers and networks at state, regional, and local levels.

For more about The Hastings Center’s work on population aging, visit the Bioethics for Aging Societies webpage.


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