The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 5 684-692, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
A room of one's own: the SRO and the single elderly
S Crystal and P Beck
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-5070.
A survey of 485 single-room occupancy housing (SRO) residents in New York
City found elderly residents strongly preferred to remain in centrally
located neighborhoods where apartment housing was beyond their means; did
not wish to share a housing unit; and had little confidence that they could
find acceptable housing if they lost their present unit. For many elderly
residents, SROs meet needs not easily met by available alternatives.
Results suggest the need to maintain this housing option for older persons
and replace losses that have accompanied gentrification in many central