Money & Policy

A Viral Photo Shows How Living in San Francisco Is a Struggle for One Older Resident

The picture reveals how high housing prices are hurting

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.

(Source: Reddit user hb_alien)

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.”

Bryce Kirchoff
By Bryce Kirchoff
Bryce Kirchoff has produced web and social media campaigns for organizations at all levels of the media industry and also has experience launching community engagement initiatives, building websites and crafting social campaigns. He holds a master’s of science degree in New Media Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Los Angeles.@bckirchoff

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