Addressing the Rising Tide of Homelessness Among Older Adults: A Call to Action

The Waterfront Project, Inc. (WFP) is acutely aware of the growing crisis of homelessness among older adults, a demographic that is among the fastest-growing in the nation. With projections indicating that the number of homeless individuals over 50 could triple by 2030, the urgency to act is now more pressing than ever.

The Growing Challenge

As reported by Next Avenue, older adults face unique challenges that predispose them to homelessness. Many are caught in the cruel cycle of rising rents, fixed incomes, and unexpected life events such as medical emergencies or job losses. For example, consider the plight of an older person who receives a sudden $1,300 bill for a burst water pipe on a fixed Social Security income. Such financial shocks are often enough to tip the scales toward eviction and homelessness.

Preventing Homelessness Through Eviction Prevention

At The Waterfront Project, we believe in preventing homelessness by addressing its root causes—starting with evictions. Our holistic approach combines legal assistance, housing counseling, and financial education to create a safety net for those at risk. By intervening early, we can often prevent the domino effect that leads to homelessness.

A Client’s Story

Take the story of Maria (name changed for privacy), a 65-year-old client of WFP, who faced eviction after her landlord attempted to increase her rent beyond what her fixed income could bear. Maria recounts, “I was lost, and I didn’t know where to turn. The Waterfront Project not only helped me contest the rent hike but also guided me through applying for rental assistance. They saved my home.”

Maria’s story is a testament to the power of proactive intervention. It’s not just about providing a service but about restoring hope and dignity to those who feel they have nowhere else to turn.

A Community Response

Inspired by initiatives like the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and innovative community programs highlighted by Next Avenue, WFP is dedicated to expanding its services to meet the needs of this vulnerable population. These programs have shown great promise in helping older adults maintain their housing and independence through supportive services such as housekeeping and health care coordination.

How You Can Help

The fight against homelessness, particularly among older adults, requires a community effort. Here’s how you can contribute:

  • Volunteer: Join us at WFP to assist in our various programs, from legal advocacy to community outreach.
  • Donate: Your contributions help us continue providing essential services and expanding our programs to reach more people in need. DONATE
  • Educate: Help spread the word about the challenges faced by older adults and the solutions that organizations like WFP are providing.


Housing is a basic human right, and no one should have to face the threat of homelessness alone—especially not in their later years. At The Waterfront Project, we are committed to ensuring that vulnerable populations, particularly older adults, have the support and resources they need to maintain stable, safe housing. Together, we can build a stronger, more compassionate community.

For more information and to join our cause, visit our website and follow our blog for updates on our continuous efforts to combat homelessness and provide legal and housing assistance to those in need.