SSRI cofund and PRI associate Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography in the College of the Liberal Arts, was quoted in an article about older adults in Chicago who don't have legal status and are disqualified from federally funded senior housing.
Family ties are often what keep undocumented seniors from going back to their home countries, said Jennifer Van Hook, a sociologist at Penn State University whose research centers on aging immigrant communities. “The longer they stay (in the U.S.), the more of their family lives here and not abroad,” she said. “And of course, people want to live close to their children and their grandchildren as they get older.”
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