Housing for Homeless

Senior Homelessness
According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 250,000 homeless older adults needed beds in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program in a single year.

Facing challenges very different from those of young homeless adults, homeless seniors are highly vulnerable to life-threatening health problems, victimization, and the exacerbation of cognitive decline.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Special Needs
Synod provides permanent supportive housing for seniors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We are dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly through the development of supportive housing: low-income housing combined with support services.

Supportive housing embraces respect and honor for our elders, and accomplishes the humanitarian act of sheltering our most vulnerable community members. Supportive housing offers:

  • An affordable and safe home for aging individuals
  • A place where aging individuals may remain in their community for as long as possible
  • The integration of needed health and social services with affordable housing
  • Special concern for low-income, frail, and other vulnerable seniors

Deake House
To carry this mission forward, Synod, in partnership with the Housing Bureau for Seniors, purchased and established Deake House, an SRO (single resident housing) designed exclusively as permanent supportive housing for homeless seniors.

Opened in 2008, Deake House can be a tenant’s home forever. There are no limitations on length of stay. Tenant rents are set at an amount deemed affordable to those with fixed, low incomes and include heat and utilities. Support services are provided by agencies that specialize in working with seniors and with issues that often accompany aging. In addition, Deake House tenants can access the assistance of Synod support staff working 24/7 in nearby sister programs.