Tennessee’s older homeowners are facing a housing crisis.

According to a study from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA):

  • The number of Tennesseans age 65 and older is expected to increase to almost 22% of the overall population (an estimated 1.7 million people) by 2030.
  • Tennessee’s 80 and older population is estimated to almost double between 2020 and 2040, reaching 650,000.
  • Almost 230,000 senior owner households are low-income. The likelihood of falling below the poverty level tends to increase as seniors age.
  • As the overall senior population grows, assuming income levels and housing costs remain relatively constant, the number of cost-burdened seniors (regardless of income) is projected to increase by 2030 to almost 350,000 households statewide and to more than 385,000 households by 2040.
  • 88% of older Tennesseans live in homes built before 1980. Homes built prior to 2000 are five times more likely to need accessibility modifications, and aging housing stock often needs critical repairs. (The Need for Affordable, Accessible & Service Enriched Housing for Older Adults in Tennessee, THDA).

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has only just begun to address the issue, launching our Aging in Place program in 2015 and thus far providing home repair and modification services to nearly 1,000 senior homeowners in Fayette and Shelby Counties. In 2019, Memphis Habitat began a three-year project with 14 other Tennessee Habitat affiliates to launch Aging in Place programs that will, by the end of 2021, serve more than 1,200 older Tennesseans across 25 counties.

However, despite the thousands already served, there are still thousands of other older homeowners who need these services to keep living safely, comfortably and independently in the place they call home.

Join us June 18 + 19 at The Peabody Memphis.

The Tennessee Health + Housing Summit will convene leaders from the health care, community development and government sectors for a deep conversation and exploration of the intersection of health and housing — in particular as it relates to our aging neighbors.

During this two-day event, multiple sector experts, scholars and practitioners will share modern examples and trends that identify opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between housing agencies, social services entities, health care providers, public and private funders, and other stakeholders.

We will identify new resources to sustain current and future interventions, and articulate a cost-effective proposition where the health care and affordable housing communities collaborate to improve the health of residents and the entire community.

Join us to learn more about this critical issue and strategies to collaborate and move our state forward.

Watch this page for additional information regarding speakers, the agenda, resources and more!
June 18-19, 2020
The Peabody Memphis
118 S. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38103
 

Early bird ticket price until April 15: $75
Ticket price after April 15: $100
* Ticket rate does not include hotel accomodations or parking. Hotel information is included in conference ticket confirmation email.

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Hotel Accommodations
Accommodations are available at The Peabody Memphis at a special rate for Summit attendees. Single and double rooms are $199/night + 9.25% tax; triple and quad rooms are $219/night + 9.25% tax for June 17 and 18 only (normal rates apply to any other dates; please contact The Peabody Memphis directly to book additional nights). These discounted rates are available until 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, May 22. (Reservations made after May 22 may not receive the discounted rate, so early booking is encouraged). Self-parking for registered hotel guests is $24 per day; valet is $33 per day. Summit attendees will receive details to book their stay once they purchase their event tickets through Eventbrite at the link above. 

Additional details to come regarding speakers, the agenda, resources and more!