Saturday, December 16, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
PHOENIX (AP) – Michael Genaldi’s road to homelessness began early this year when a car slammed into the rear of his motorcycle, crushed three of his ribs, and left him in a coma for over a month. The 58-year-old lost his job as a machine operator, then his home, and he was living in his truck when he was diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer. Too young to get Social Security, Genaldi now lives temporarily in a shelter for people 55 and older in Phoenix, while he navigates the process of qualifying for disability payments.
As its population ages, the United States is ill-prepared to adequately house and care for the growing number of older people, concludes a new report released Thursday by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Without enough government help, “many older adults will have to forgo needed care or rely on family ...