Despite a sizeable elderly and disabled population in the US, there is not enough affordable housing to accommodate those individuals.
About 26% of the US population — or about 61 million people — have a disability, Casey said. At the same time, 1 in 5 Americans will be older than 65 by 2030.
Yet less than 5% of the national housing supply is accessible, Casey said. Moreover, less than 1% of housing is available to wheelchairs.
At a Thursday Senate hearing, experts suggested possible solutions, including updating existing homes and construction of new homes that would be available to people with lower incomes.