Homelessness among Americans ages 50 and older is rapidly growing as many struggle to pay surging rents after experiencing a job loss, divorce, death of a family member, or health crisis during the pandemic. One study projects the US population of people ages 65 and older experiencing homelessness will nearly triple by 2030, from 40,000 to 106,000. “We’re seeing a huge boom in senior homelessness. These are not necessarily people who have mental illness or substance abuse problems. They are people being pushed into the streets by rising rents,” said Kendra Hendry, a caseworker at Arizona’s largest shelter.