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    Low-income seniors hit hard by housing shortfall

    “STATE FALLS short on affordable housing’’ effectively portrayed the challenges and effects of the way our housing development system is falling behind in meeting the growing need (Page A1, Nov. 21). Earlier Globe stories highlighted the skyrocketing number of seniors: between 2000 and 2025, the number of people over 85 is expected to double. The Census Bureau says the age cohort with the highest numbers in poverty is seniors - 16 percent live below the poverty line. Connecting these dots, the gap in affordable senior housing is going to outpace all other gaps.

    The article noted that New Englanders fear density. Yet living together in close proximity makes the delivery of services far more efficient and combats the isolation that often accompanies the increased frailty of later years. At Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, we offer a lifestyle that capitalizes on people’s strengths and maximizes independence, dignity, and community. Counterintuitively, this also is the most cost-effective way to support people in their senior years.

    Amy Schectman

    President and CEO,

    Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly