Promoting Sustainability in Housing with Services: Insights From the Right Care, Right Place, Right Time Program

Res Aging. 2024 Feb;46(2):113-126. doi: 10.1177/01640275231196904. Epub 2023 Aug 18.


Despite the widely-acknowledged potential of housing with services for improving the lives of low-income older adults, ensuring their financial sustainability has been challenging. This study aimed to address this issue, drawing on 31 key informant interviews and three focus groups with payers, housing providers, and community partners involved in the Boston-area Right Care, Right Place, Right Time Program, which enrolled about 400 older adults. Transcripts were qualitatively analyzed using thematic coding. Participants agreed on the program's value, but there was little consensus on mechanisms for securing ongoing funding. The broadly distributed responsibility for individuals in housing sites, which involves health insurers, hospitals, and community service providers, provides little incentive for investment by these entities. Findings suggest that governmental mechanisms, probably at the federal level, are needed to channel funding toward these supportive services. Without such reliable funding sources, replication of supportive housing models for low-income older people will prove difficult.

Keywords: aging in place; elderly housing; subsidized housing; supportive housing.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies