With a budget of $800 a month, she looked at various senior options in the city and they’re either over budget or don’t fit her needs.
“Senior housing is one thing, but affordable senior housing is another,” she said. “When you’ve got people on limited income and just on their Social Security or maybe a different pension or something — you can’t afford $1,200 rent and then everything else. It’s real tough.”
For now, Hennen is on a waiting list for some fourplexes as she continues searching. She wants to stay in Jordan to be close to her children and grandchildren, but finds it increasingly hard to do so.
“But until someone moves out, you don’t have a prayer,” she said. “Jordan just doesn’t have a whole lot to offer, so that’s kind of the sad part.”
Hennen is among millions of baby boomers across the country beginning to look for senior living.
By 2035, adults over 65 are expected to outnumber children under 18 for the first time in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The number of Minnesotans over 65 is expected to double between 2010 and 2030, and by then more than one in five Minnesotans will be older and considered a baby boomer, according to the Minnesota State Demographic Center.
In Scott County alone, there are almost 13,000 people aged 65 and up, according to 2016 Census Bureau statistics. Since 2009, that number has increased by about 52 percent.
And now they’re beginning to look for senior housing and some, like Hennen, are having a hard time.
Yvonne Perkins, a real estate agent at Edina Realty, said a lot of her clients look for smaller square footage and one-level living.
“There is a shortage of first-time, entry-level housing and there is also a shortage of housing for the elderly, I think,” Perkins said. “For people that want to sell their home and get into one level living, there’s just not many places for them to go that are affordable.”
The 50-unit Brentwood Court Apartments above the Jordan Public Library offer independent living, but they’re all filled. Its apartments start at $782 for a one bedroom and $1,402 for a large two-bedroom.
Jennifer Cox is a housing manager at an assisted living home, Oak Terrace, on Aberdeen Avenue in Jordan. The 67-unit home has services for independent seniors and those who need daily help. However, all seniors have to pay for the services, which run from $1,500 to $4,400. On top of that, residents pay for rent which ranges from $2,000 to $4,500 a month.