A user on the social media site Reddit posted this photograph (below), purportedly taken in San Francisco, a city with some of the highest housing costs in the nation. The image sparked a conversation (note: some user comments are NSFW) about what people living on fixed incomes and with too little in retirement savings are doing to make ends meet.
The conversation was divided among those wanting to help, those recommending finding a less expensive city to live in and those criticizing our society for not doing more to help.
Affordable housing as we age is decidedly a big issue. At the recent Age Boom Academy attended by Next Avenue blogger Richard Eisenberg, Ruth Finkelstein, Associate Director of the International Longevity Center-Columbia Aging Center said: “Affordable, appropriately accessible housing is the biggest issue that can limit the ability of people of all ages to live well in cities.”