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Edward Smith

At 17, Edward Smith left Prescott, Arkansas, looking for better weather. He landed in Oakland, California, where the weather is mild and sunny almost everyday.

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Edward retired from his Mission Valley Ford job in San Jose, California, in 2000. Once he was on a fixed retirement income, Edward found it hard to continue to pay his rent. “It was very difficult. I was paying $1,400 in rent with my decreased income. I couldn’t afford it anymore,” Edward said.

The scarcity of affordable housing for the elderly is a problem that is only going to get worse, according to a report issued by AARP and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Compounding the problem is the fact that the seniors who need subsidized housing are not just poor but also increasingly in need of services. Affordable housing properties are often the only setting where these seniors can get help, such as meals and transportation, along with access to at least some basic health screenings.

In 2002, Edward moved to E.E. Cleveland and has been loving it since. “The people here are very nice.” Because E.E. Cleveland is a community that is subsidized by funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Edward only pays 30 percent of his income toward rent. Edward adds: “It really helps that my rent is very affordable. I am able to enjoy life a little.”  

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