Topic:The challenges posed by inaccessible HUD programs to the seniorcitizens in Denver/Aurora area.
WorkingThesis: Housing issues affect all segments of the society, fromchildren to the older people. Notably, the availability of affordablehousing in the Aurora area is increasingly becoming insufficient. Inthe next fifteen years, the number of baby boomers is expected todouble up to 73 million which will pose a challenge of the limitedsupply of new homes and condos. After retirement, many of these oldpersons go through a hard time since they get into retirement withlittle savings. The Aurora area faces a lack of affordable houses,physically accessible features and well-located homes for the agingpopulation especially the low-income seniors. If no steps are takento reduce the cases of unaffordable housing, the low-income seniorswill be forced to compromise their well-being by precedingnecessities such as food, transportation and health services.According to a Harvard study, home prices are going up, but incomesfor seniors are not changing. Federal state and local governments areputting on efforts to improve the lives of the older citizens with,the younger citizens being challenged to work and help take care andsustain their older family members. Ostensibly, more attention needsto be directed to solving the housing problem in the Denver/Auroraarea.
Thesenior citizens in the Aurora area desire to age while living in acomfortable, affordable and sustainable housing environment, but thisdesire is limited by factors such as low income, insufficientfederally-subsidized rental houses, continued rise in rent and homeprices and lack of affordable, physically accessible and well-locatedhomes.
[Sub points]: There is a need for the policy makers to address the gap between the demand for new homes and the limited supply before the situation gets out of hand.
[Sub points]: Statistical analysis on the increasing home rent compared to the little income for the senior citizens.
c.[Source]:  Eisenberg,Richard. 2016. "The Next Housing Crisis: Aging Americans’Homes."Marketwatch.http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-next-housing-crisis-aging-americans-homes-2014-09-24.1
[Topic Sentence]: With the steady increase in house rent and a small monthly income, older citizens are finding themselves paying half their income for rent and forced to forego amenities such as transportation, food, and health services which are considered as basic needs for human survival.
[Sub points]: The challenges which need to be tackled so as to curb the lack of affordable housing.
[Sub points]: Housing is considered affordable when the cost does not exceed 30 percent of what a person is earning with those paying more than 50 percent being considered as severely cost-burdened.
c. [Source]: "Affordable Housing Challenges in Colorado." 2015. NAIOP Market Share Blog. http://blog.naiop.org/2015/07/affordable-housing-challenges-in-colorado/.2
[Topic Sentence]: Natural and human-made disasters are a common occurrence with the construction of temporary shelters being the first response to these calamities other strategies such as simplification, self-help, subsidy, and reduced quality are being used to respond to disasters with an objective of creating sustainable, affordable housing.
[Sub points]: There is increased competition for affordable housing with rental houses majorly inhabited by the low-income families.
[Sub points]: Providing affordable, comfortable and sustainable housing builds a successful, healthy and strong aging community characterized by economic and community development.
[Sub points]: A statistical analysis of the income percentage used on housing by Aurora households.
[Source]: McIntosh, Jacqueline. 2013. "The Implications of Post-Disaster Recovery for Affordable Housing." Approaches to Disaster Management – Examining the Implications of Hazards, Emergencies, And Disasters. doi:10.5772/55273.3
1 "The Next Housing Crisis: Aging Americans’ Homes. “Marketwatch. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-next-housing-crisis-aging-americans-homes-2014-09-24.
2 "Affordable Housing Challenges in Colorado." 2015. NAIOP Market Share Blog. http://blog.naiop.org/2015/07/affordable-housing-challenges-in-colorado/.
3 "The Implications of Post-Disaster Recovery for Affordable Housing." Approaches to Disaster Management – Examining the Implications of Hazards, Emergencies, And Disasters. doi:10.5772/55273.