This literature review report supplements the accompanying data report, focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and lessons learned from programs supporting unhoused older adults. The pandemic created a unique opportunity for local governments to deploy new remedies to assist the older adult population. This report includes insights from both domestic and international service providers, as well as an assessment of LA County’s COVID-19 response, such as Project Roomkey and Homekey. This analysis finds that older adults require a tailored approach to addressing the housing, medical and other needs that are unique to this population. Furthermore, demographic trends indicate that racial disparities persist amongst older adults, consistent with previous years’ data. Both chronic homelessness and health conditions are growing challenges for older adults and underscore the need for specialized care.
Combatting Homelessness Among Older Adults in Los Angeles County