What is Grandfamily Housing and Why Do We Need It?

Grandfamily housing responds to the need for affordable housing for grandparent-headed families. Units are developed with features for older adults and young children and are often financed through special set-asides from local housing agencies.

Grandfamily housing projects are springing up throughout the country in
places like Boston, Buffalo and Detroit.

In Washington DC, nearly 20,000 children (15%) live in grandparent-headed households. There are many reasons for this growing national phenomenon, such as parents struggling with addiction issues, incarceration, and economic hardship.

Caring for their grandchildren can place a great strain on grandparents as they try to navigate school enrollment, legal assistance, and find affordable, safe and suitable housing.