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Research Report:

The Role of Supportive Housing for Low-Income Seniors in Ontario

by Allison Jones

The Role of Supportive Housing for Low-Income Seniors in Ontario investigates housing and care options for low-income seniors, a population at higher risk of poor health outcomes as they age and can no longer function independently.  The study looks at a continuum model that integrates social housing, health care and community supports.  The author concludes that Ontario faces a critical juncture in being able to provide social housing and care options for low-income seniors.  Dramatic changes to Ontario's seniors' composition pose complex challenges for policy-makers, practitioners, families and seniors themselves.  Implementing more integrated policies and programs is essential to low-income seniors' ability to age in place safely and affordably.

The CPRN/SHSC Housing Research Internship and Scholar Program is funded by SHSC and run by CPRN. The program's overall aim is to develop Canada's housing research and policy capacity by attracting and retaining the best and the brightest in the housing sector. The program is an intensive four-month policy research training experience that results in the publication of original housing policy research. For information on SHSC, go to

Release Date: 20 Mar 2008
Number of pages: 64
Document number: 49552

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