A room of one’s own: The sro and the single elderly

Stephen Crystal, Pearl Beck

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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 city areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-692
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Social support

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