Emerging themes on aging in place from low-income older renters

Sung Jin Lee, Daejin Kim, Suk Kyung Kim, Kathleen R. Parrott, Valerie L. Giddings, S. Renee Robinson

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This phenomenological study focused on low-income older renters‘ challenges that affected their aging in place. We conducted 25 in-depth interviews with low-income older renters, using a semi-structured questionnaire. The questions focused on socio-demographic characteristics, renting profiles, most and least favored aspects about being a renter, and future plans and challenges. We transcribed qualitative data, employed keyword-in-context analysis, and then identified emerging themes. We found that life changes, insufficient financial support, or unmet maintenance issues with one’s previous housing affected being a renter. Freedom from maintenance concerns was the most positive aspect about being a renter while the absence of ownership was the most negative aspect. Most respondents wanted to stay in their current unit due to a lack of resources or future plans. Health concerns were the most cited challenges when aging in place. Three themes for low-income older renters‘ aging in place emerged: (1) housing affordability, (2) home environment to support autonomy, and (3) resources for formal and informal support systems. This qualitative study provides an opportunity to better understand low-income older renters’ aging in place, a topic that has been understudied in the field of housing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-127
Number of pages18
JournalHousing and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 4

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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    Lee, S. J., Kim, D., Kim, S. K., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. (2019). Emerging themes on aging in place from low-income older renters. Housing and Society, 46(2), 110-127. https://doi.org/10.1080/08882746.2019.1613880