Faculty of Environmental Design evds
On Thursday, February 12, 2017, EVDS professor Dr. John Brown was asked to testify at a House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Brown presented his research project on the Age-in-Place Laneway House and described how it could potential contribute to a poverty reduction strategy for Canadian seniors.
During the presentation, Brown noted that, with a growing senior population in Canada, housing affordability is a particularity acute challenge in the largest urban communities, where there is higher concentration of poor households led by seniors.
“According the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, almost half (48.1%) of senior renters live in unaffordable housing. But the challenges extend beyond just the cost of housing’’, Brown explains, “most Canadian homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of seniors as they develop mobility and health issues”. As an architect, Brown went onto to explain that his research explores home design with modifications in mind to accommodate aging in place.
Housing modifications in rental properties are usually not possible and many seniors end up in hospital or long-term care because their home cannot support their needs. This arrangement can be very expensive – to seniors, their families, and society as a whole.
“The age-in-place laneway house project is an attempt to address this mismatch between seniors and the typical housing stock”, explains Brown. “Although it’s not specifically a poverty reduction or housing affordability strategy these could be a potential by product”.
To find out more about the Age-in-Place Laneway project