According to the 1990 census, more than 1 in 5 American householders were elderly (aged 65 or over). The housing conditions they faced are the focus of this Brief. Among the topics covered are where they lived, their chances of owning their home, the type of structure they lived in, and the odds of lacking plumbing and telephones. The Brief compares 1990 data with similar information from the 1980 census. More extensive data on the housing characteristics of the elderly can be found in 1990 census Subject Summary Tape File 8 (SSTF 8), described at the end of this Brief.