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Area Agency on Aging

Posted on: September 10, 2019

New Housing Opportunity for Ages 60 and Older

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Echo Housing

What is ECHO Housing?

ECHO stands for Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity.  ECHO cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences that are temporarily placed in the side or rear yard of a host family, related by blood or marriage, for an older adult.  It is an affordable housing option, meaning that the resident will pay no more than 30% of their income on rent.

What are the Benefits of ECHO Housing?

o ECHO cottages provide safety and autonomy for older adults along with easy access to family members who can provide assistance. Instead of having to travel far to pick up mom or dad for appointments or shopping, he/she is only steps away;

o Both the elder and the host family maintain their privacy and dignity;

o In addition to improving the health of the older resident, stress on family caregivers is reduced and family cohesiveness is preserved;

o Placing a temporary ECHO cottage near one’s home is also more cost effective and timely than making home modifications, which are expensive and can change the permanent character and use of the home;

o ECHO housing is much more affordable than nursing home care; and

o Finally, but not of least importance, access to an ECHO cottage can prevent premature institutionalization of a family member.

We need your input!

If you are 60 or older please click below to complete the ECHO housing survey. Your opinions are very important to us!

Please complete our survey here.


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