Older Americans Month 2018

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Older Americans Month 2018

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Everyone deserves to live in their home with dignity.

This month of May is also known as Older Americans month. This year’s theme is Engage at Every Age. From the Older Americans Month official site, it states that this month’s theme was to “emphasize that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being”1. This month of May, we celebrate the many ways that older adults can make a difference in their local community, while also bringing awareness to those who are living in poverty and how our affiliate helps those in need.

In 2016, from Statistica.com, it showed that over 58.47% of Americans 55 years of age and older are in poverty levels2. Of that statistic, it shows the females are more likely to be in poverty. To show the immediate impact of poverty in our local counties, DataUSA.com showed data for Weber and Davis Counties in Utah.

From DataUSA, researched showed that there were roughly 583,609 residents in Weber and Davis Counties in 2016. 10.1% of the residents in Weber and Davis Counties were 65 years and older. 3.73% of the population living in Weber and Davis counties were in WWII and the Vietnam war and would be considered as veterans. To express the importance of poverty in our local areas in Weber and Davis Counties combined, 18.23% of men and women of all ages were living in poverty in 2016. 7.1% of the population in Weber and Davis Counties were men and women 55 years of age and older who are living in poverty. Females in Weber and Davis Counties seem to be prevalent to being in poverty. The majority of those in poverty are White, followed by Hispanic ethnicity in Weber and Davis Counties 3.

 

From the AARP foundation, “one in every five Americans will be over age 65 by 2030 and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs”4. The AARP Foundation did a study and reported it in their research report, “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults”. From this research report, the foundation discovered that those 50 years and older want to be able to age in their homes and communities. One of the surveys the AARP Foundation conducted found that those 50 years and older ranked increasing police presence as a number one priority in their neighborhood, while implementing or increasing funding for affordable housing programs was ranked sixth. Building more stores and shops was ranked on the bottom of the list for those who were 50 years and older.

The AARP foundation discovered that there was a direct correlation between household income levels and ranking funding for affordable housing and home modifications as a higher priority. “As income levels increase, the ranking for housing-related funding priorities decreases”, stated in the research report. For those who had an annual income of 30K or less, implementing or increasing funding for affordable housing was ranked as the top three priorities. For those who had an annual income of 50K or less, implementing or increasing funding for home modifications for people with disabilities was ranked as one of the top five priorities 5.

Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties partners with volunteers and community members to make a difference in the local community.

We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to call home. We help people of all ages build and repair their homes while building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Mrs. Odessa’s newly painted home worked on by the IRS volunteers August 2017.

At our affiliate, we notice that we help a large majority of seniors and elder persons. From our reports, nearly 49% of our projects were done for persons over the age of 56 years old in 2017. These projects were from our A Brush With Kindness Program, which repairs the exterior of the homes in Weber and Davis Counties. Because many elders live on fixed incomes with few resources to make modifications or critical repairs to their home, this population faces very serious housing issues that pose significant risks to their health and well-being. At our affiliate, we make it one of our priorities to give these families a way to be self-reliant while being safe in their own homes. We have the ability to help those in need of being safe in their homes while providing them a place to call home.


Main Office
2955 Harrison Blvd. Suite 202 Ogden UT 84403 | 801-475-9821 | info@habitatwd.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HFHWD) is a nonprofit organization that strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Our affiliate has built over 14 homes since 2004. We build and repair homes for local low-income families. For more information, visit www.habitatwd.org.

About Habitat Ogden ReStore
Habitat Ogden ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement thrift store and donation center. Proceeds from the Habitat ReStore goes towards the affiliate, HFHWD. When you shop at the nonprofit store, you are helping families who need repairs and decent homes. Every ReStore is owned and operated-independently.

Media Contact:
Maria Rague | 801-475-9821 | maria@habitatwd.org

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WORKS CITED

1. Older Americans Month 2018. Administration of Aging; Administration for Community Living. https://oam.acl.gov/. Accessed 15 May 2018.
2. “Poverty Rate in the United States in 2016, by age and gender.” Statistica. https://www.statista.com/statistics/233154/us-poverty-rate-by-gender/. Accessed 15 May 2018.
3. “Weber County & Davis County.” DataUSA. Deloitte; Collective Learning; Datawheel. https://datausa.io/profile/geo/weber-county-ut/?compare=davis-county-ut. Accessed 15 May 2018.
4. “Improving Access to Safe and Affordable Housing.” AARP Foundation. Berne and Pan American. https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/housing/?intcmp=FDN-FTR-LINKS. Accessed 15 May 2018.
5. Harrell, Rodney, et al. “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults.” AARP Foundation. https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/liv_com/2014/what-is-livable-report-AARP-ppi-liv-com.pdf. Accessed 15 May 2018.


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