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How to Find Low-Income Senior Housing

Updated March 28, 2018

Many senior citizens live on fixed incomes. Unfortunately, programs such as Social Security aren’t always enough to pay for living expenses, including housing. This forces many older people to seek low-income senior housing to stretch their dollars and make ends meet.

There are numerous options for low-income senior housing, available through the government and through the private market. This article will explain how and where to find low-income senior housing, how to qualify and apply, and the types of housing available as low-income senior citizen homes.

Figures of elderly man and woman, walking between stacks of coins, to illustrate how to pay for low-income senior housing.

Types of Low-Income Senior Housing

Most forms of low-income senior housing are available through four programs subsidized or supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the federal government. Those programs are:

  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties: In the LIHTC program, developers and investors get tax credits for buying, rehabbing, or building rental housing intended for lower-income people. In exchange, all or a portion of the apartments are set aside for low- or fixed-income tenants. Your eligible income and your rent will be based on the average income for the area where you live.  Many LIHTC properties are operated as 55+ or 62+ communities, or senior apartments. These are the types of low-income senior housing you’ll often see on After55.com. Contact the apartment communities through After55.com to see about availability and your eligibility.
  • Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly: Section 202 housing serves very low-income senior citizens, including the frail elderly, who also need help with cooking, cleaning, and transportation. HUD provides capital advances to private, nonprofit sponsors to finance properties to be used as senior citizen homes. HUD also provides rent subsidies for residents. Contact your local HUD office for more information.
  • Public Housing: These are apartment complexes or high-rises operated by city or county public housing agencies. Tenants must be low income, and they pay about 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities. About 31 percent of public housing tenants are elderly.  Contact your local public housing agency about availability and to apply.
  • Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8): This voucher program helps low-income families, the elderly, and disabled people pay the rent in privately owned, market-rate apartments. Tenants generally pay 30 percent of their monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities, and the voucher makes up all or most of the difference. Vouchers also can be used to buy homes. For more information and to apply, contact your local public housing agency.

Keep in mind that “low income” does not mean housing is located in a crime-ridden neighborhood. If the housing units or apartment communities are well-designed and managed properly, and are in safe and stable neighborhoods, then you or your loved one will be fine. Be aware, however, that all of these low-income senior-housing programs might have long waiting lists.

How to Find Low-Income Senior Housing

Not all affordable senior housing is necessarily government-subsidized housing labeled as low income. The first step in finding senior housing that fits your budget is to assess the current rental market. Consider what your monthly budget it, your location requirements, and what housing amenities you want. If you’re downsizing, consider how many bedrooms you actually need.

senior woman on computer, to illustrate finding low-income senior housing

To view affordable rentals, start by visiting ForRent.com to search for apartments in your area. Filter the listings by the price that you can afford. You also can specifically search for cheap apartments. When searching, use the filters to seek out rentals that have disability access, allows pets, have the right number of bedrooms, or other amenities that you are looking for.

Alternatively, do a housing search that targets communities specific to seniors by visiting After55.com. Refine your search to see the types of senior housing available in your desired metro area or city. Under “Senior Housing Options” for a particular metro or city, look for the “Low Income” link to see properties that provide low-income senior housing in that area.

If you are specifically seeking government-subsidized low-income senior housing, contact your local public housing agency or HUD office.

Where to Find Low-Income Senior Housing

The areas below are the most popular metros for low-income senior housing on After55.com:

How to Qualify for Low-Income Senior Housing

senior couple with counselor, to illustrate how to quality for low-income senior housing

Each low-income housing program has slightly different requirements. With qualifications for age, income, and more, it can be tricky to navigate the options and figure out which one is best for you.

That’s why we recommend contacting your local public housing agency or HUD office to walk you through the programs that you may qualify for. Additionally, these local offices can connect you to resources beyond federal government programs. These resources might include state or local services, assistance with your utility bills, and more. In the case of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties – those most often listed as low-income senior housing on After55.com – contact properties through After55.com to see whether you qualify.

This article was originally published on After55.com on August 29, 2016. It was last updated on March 28, 2018.

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  • Rafael Henriquez

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    Rafael (Raf) is the Targeted Content Writer & Strategist for ForRent.com, CorporateHousing.com, After55.com, and ForRentUniversity.com. He helps create, edit, and plan content that connects current and potential renters with apartment and property managers and owners. When Raf isn’t busy writing, he spends a great deal of his time performing sketch and improv comedy, hanging out at the beach, and looking at memes on the Internet.

    Comments

    1. Sandy Ingram says:

      Could you please help me in NC near Jacksonville?
      Thank you very much.

    2. Thomas B Chappelle says:

      I tried for 3 month to get info about the manor, when will they start accepting applications. No one has return my calls, or responded to my emails. Not a very good look on there part.

    3. Dana Coleson says:

      What about in Michigan

    4. SOLANGE RODRIGUES says:

      HI. WGAT ABOUT NEW JERSEY UNION COUNTY IS ANY PROGRAM? IM 63 AND 1.100 INCOME.

    5. Hi. I’m hoping to get my mom into Section 202. I strongly believe she qualifies, from what I read in its description.
      If you could point me in the right direction from step 1 to the end, it’ll be nice.

    6. PaulMarques de nuevo.
      Me olvide de mencionar que vivemos en Kendall FL y que nos gusta mucho el area de FL.
      Otra vez, gracias.

    7. Tengo 66 anos y mi esposa 58. Gano $9.000 por ano y pago $450 de renta, $70 de Tel. y case no me alcanza para nada mas… Necessito urgente un lugar para mi familia, por favor! Somos siervos de Dios e El me llevo hasta este site para pedir ayuda a ustedes. Gracias por ayudarnos.
      Paul C Marques

    8. Gloria holland says:

      I️ am 65 and now have to move due to my landlord of 9 years he passed away
      I️ would like to live in the Dublin ca Pleaston ca
      Area my income is 2200 a month

    9. I’m writing because I am very scared for my dad. He is 66 years old and is diabetic, high blood pressure & has neuropathy. He lives in a travel trailer in Arizona. It’s not safe, it’s very lonley&he has been looking for part time work in his past trade but there is nothing. I really would like to find a safe Hud housing closer to me in Orange County,Ca. He dosent get much money but I know he could qualify for food stamps& medi medi until he could find a part time job. Please help a very scared daughter. Where he is living is nothing to help his future. Thank you!

      • Hi Trish. I am sorry to hear about your father’s current situation. I’ve pulled up some after 55 housing options near Orange: https://www.after55.com/senior-housing/ca/metro-orange-county/orange. Please feel free to filter the results based on his needs. I would also suggest visiting http://www.HUD.gov for further assistance. Best of luck with your housing search for your father.

        • patie dineen says:

          i am quiet woman who raised 5 children alone i had a tavern in my 20’s and a coffee shope in my 40’s i ran an organic farm in my 30 raising 5 children i did my best i went back to college in my 50’s after college at northeastern boston in the early 70’s i was head chef at local hospital in the early 2000 i am now with blood cancer very much wich lover in my heart to share and give money is not important to me just acceptence of each family and great love for each other as a human being.. so may God be with you and maqybe ill m,eet you if not the the lord has more for us to do …..i have blood cancer which i am fighting with a vengence but witho.. i am bnlessed if there is someplace i can afford to live or i will be home less for the second time i had a 12 and 10 yr old the first tim e my daughter is now a 4,0 student pre med so im proud of her my mom died and my son 4 weeks later things have been difficult since then if we had a stable homein north adams life might actuqlly be worth living xoxoxox and God bless to all who may read this xoxoxoxzut money you just do nogt get the care you could have

    10. Beverly s young says:

      I am looking to move the first of march….i will be hearing from ssi/disability this week…i am in Sacramento ca

    11. Looking for something in moerno Valley area

      • Hello Angel. I’ve pulled a search result for the Moreno Valley area (www.after55.com/senior-housing/ca/metro-inland-empire/moreno-valley). Please feel free to filter the search results based on your needs. Best of luck with your housing search!

    12. Hi. May you show me the link to find senior housing in Santa Clara city? My aunt is 72 years old now so she need a comfortable house or apartment to live. She has housing program. Please help me!
      Thanks.

      • Hello, Jess.

        You’ll find information on senior housing in Santa Clara and the San Francisco Bay Area here: https://www.after55.com/senior-housing/ca/metro-san-francisco-bay/santa-clara

        – Mark, After55.com

        • Elaine Rios says:

          Hi I live in Whittier, Ca. Could you give me senior housing info. I’ll live anywhere in Caifornia or Las Vegas, Nevada. Thank you. Feeling very scared that my savings are going fast and won’t find a place to live.

          • Hi Elaine, I have pulled up a search result for after 55 properties in California (www.after55.com/senior-housing/ca) and Las Vegas (www.after55.com/senior-housing/nv/metro-las-vegas/las-vegas). Please feel free to narrow down and filter the search results based on your needs. Best of luck with your housing search!

            • Rocio Baez says:

              Hola Rafael, perdona y entre aq. Pues no se por donde ir y preguntar. Soy viuda colectando seguro so cual despues q scan para el medic care quedo en 800 y algo mas . Mas tengo un part time. Nesecito conseguirme un studio o un apt de un cuarto . Hace un mes me operaron de mi espalda y nesecito tener mi despacio. Yo vivo con mi hijo pero, ya es hr de yo bolar. No hay espacio. Mi esposo murio de cancer del pancreas hace un año despues de 9 años. Yo vivo en Hackensack NJ . Si me puedes ayudar con ing. Te lo agradecere’. Mi email address es
              [email protected] gracias Rafael

            • Hola Rocio. Loamento por tu situación. He encontrado algunas opciones para ti en Hackensack. Siéntase libre de filtrar los resultados según sus necesidades y preferencias. ¡Buena suerte con su búsqueda de vivienda!

              https://www.after55.com/senior-housing/nj/metro-nyc/hackensack

    13. My Mother lives in Kinglsland GA and I know she will continue to live with my brother in a situation which is borderline abusive & certainly him taking advantage of her meager SS income. How can I find the right folks to talk to to get her out of his hose & into her own situation? She has no saving & her SS income is just 1k a month.

    14. Hello-

      We have an issue with a 74 year old homeless parent who needs low income housing in Florida. Unfortunately, she is mentally unstable and it is a struggle to find housing for her. Living with family is not an option. Can you offer any resources or guidance?

      Appreciatively-

      Kat

    15. Hi! Im a U.S citizen but my parents aren’t. What housing options are there for them? Thanks!

    16. bobby harris says:

      hi i am on SSA and hearing impaired i am age 58 and trying to locate a place either in san francisco or los angeles california how do i find it i will need to find a waiting list to be put on too as well

    17. WILLIS, DESSESAURE says:

      Hello om 61 DISABLED USE WALKER LIVING IN SHELTER NEED APT INCOME BASE ON 735 SSI ,MONTHLY, HOMELESS 4 YEARS, HELP ME, ,THANKS

      • Hello, Willis.

        The staff at the shelter where you are staying should be able to direct you to the local housing authority, which would oversee low-income apartments. Otherwise, look up the housing authority for your city.

        – Mark, After55.com

    18. Denice Dixson says:

      I’m in need of low income housing in the Clinton Township area in Michigan.

    19. Joan Donohue says:

      I’m 74 years old and receive $1568 from SS would i qualify for assistance. Where would i need to go for assistance in Pinellas county. I will be leaving my present residence in April or May. Thank you for your time

    20. Hello Mark,
      Im 57 years old, I really appreciated if you can give me some info in low income condos in the san luis Obispo area, California. I will be living alone, I work as a bank teller.
      Mayela Hawkins

    21. Maria Lopez says:

      Hello im 55 im trying to get to a place of my own im disable i have depression dibetes just left someone because it made my life hell. Rifght now i don’t have no where to go my benefits is only 748 a month and i can’t get my home with that can’t afford a home. I can’t call a home. I so depress right now i m thinking i have to start sleeping in my car with my bad back all i do is cry. I don’t know how could i go about it.

      • Hello, Maria.

        Sorry to hear about your situation. You might want to contact local community services organizations for assistance, and check with your local housing authority. They might be able to refer you to services in your community.

        – Mark, After55.com

      • Maria Lopez, Not sure if I can but I feel for u. Not sure if I should ask this what is your location? I’m in the same boat. I have a apt,but looking for something larger we can possibly help each other???

    22. Jaiwati khan says:

      We need a low income apartment immediately. We r 64 and 65 . It’s urgent we r staying with someone for 2 weeks and its almost up..please help

    23. Cathy Kirk says:

      Hello, We live in the Harrisburg/York Pennsylvania area
      How do I go about getting help for my elderly parents 79 and 80. My parents lived in there apartment for 23 years their rent is $450.00 they pay electric, phone, and cable. The landlord just sold the apartment building and the new landlord just sent out a letter telling everyone that the rent is going to be raised $175.00. How do I go about getting low income housing for my elderly parents. please email me with any areas that can help we need this ASAP

    24. Jonalene Kruse says:

      I’m Jonalene Kruse, 67, looking to find housing that goes off my budget, I make $1136 a month and want to move back to Colorado springs, co as my son has just passed away and I want to be around family.

    25. Magda Garcia says:

      I need lo income housing I am 55 going on 56

    26. charles coats says:

      i’m looking for a 1 bedroom senior apartment in dayton and trotwood ohio

    27. Carry b boyce says:

      I am looking for low income 1 bedroom apartment in Greenville SC or Charlotte nc

    28. Would I qualify for some kind of senior’s low income program, I’m 62 and just started receiving about $1200 a month from Social Security, plus I have about $103,000 saved in an IRA and about $15,000 in cash, no debt. I am a USA citizen living in Thailand now for 12 years. I live on about $850 a month, including rent and bills. I’m looking to move back to USA so I can get on Obamacare and get back surgery. I’ve been dealing with chronic back pain since Jan 2013 when I injured my back and have herniated L4/5/S1 discs nerve pain, plus I have spinal arthritis. I am partially disabled and have all my medical records from Thailand with a MRi of my back injury, but have only seen Thai doctors (so I don’t know if I can get any consideration for being partially disabled unless I can see some American doctors). I am considering moving to Arizona (Phoenix or Tuscon) or some place with low humidity because I get more pain during the rainy season (definitely don’t want to live in Seattle where it’s rains often). I have some family in Tulsa Oklahoma (but don’t really want to live there unless it’s temporary until my parents pass on mom 95/father 102). I have a brother near Austin Texas which would be OK and my best friend in Houston (but maybe too humid and too flood prone).
      I’m not married and live alone and will need help shopping and some maid/laundry service eventually (unless I can get successful back surgery and go back to work someday, but at my age and physical condition, the best I can hope for is part time work). I would like to find a nice secure place with friendly people 55 and up in a good area, do you have any suggestions for locations and what programs I that might help me get discounts on rent or would I qualify for anything? Thanks, Paul

    29. Philip Bulla says:

      I’m 65 years old and looking for a small one family house , l only live off a small 13.000$ income per month, l hope to live in sheep’s head day, is it possible at my age to aford a house

    30. My name is Tom, 76 yrs old,wife is72…..Nam Vet, looking to live near family in Deerfield beach , Fl…..would like senior neighbors.
      Am now in an “all ages” apartments, and have nothing in common with “embryo” kids who live here. ( lol )
      Soc Sec. is our only income….It would be nice to have neighbors, our age, and can share data from the 50″s.. Tired of explaining what a “suicide knob” on your steering wheel was !!!!!!

    31. Mary langenfeld says:

      I’m looking for a one Bedroom apartment in Racine Wi I’m 72years old

    32. my husband is a 63 yrs disabled vetern and we r looking to rent somethin affordable that is wheelchair scooter friendly. since im only 46 are we eleigble to rent in a 55 or older community assisted.living

    33. Shelly Shelton says:

      I am 55 yrs old and I am waiting on disability, I have no income until I get my disability. How can I get an apartment with 0 income

      • Hello, Shelly.

        Housing assistance programs generally are run through local public housing authorities. The best source of information on any assistance in your area would be your city or county’s housing authority. Just Google the name of your city and “housing authority.”

        – Mark, After55.com

    34. If you currently have a mobile home in a 55+ community, how can you go about getting assistance? My sister bought a mobile home with my Mom last year. My sister pays the mortgage, but the rent space my mom is responsible for and she can’t make ends meet lately. What are you allowed to have and what are the qualifications for assistance? At this point my sister is wanting to sell the mobile home and my mom will have no where to go. We live in Yucaipa, CA. What are her options for getting help or what to do? She makes $20,000 a year with working part time and social security benefits and is 70 years old. She can only afford about $400 a month with utilities.

    35. I am applying for a low-income apartment as I am living only on social security. I own property with an ex-spouse. The ex refuses to sell the property as they are living there. Will this disqualify me for the low-income apartment?

    36. Elizabeth Marrero says:

      I’m 58 years old disabled, independent, have a voucher from nycha choice.(expires Aug 30 2017.
      And I heard I have to reapply after 15 years of waiting for them to call me.
      CAN YOU HELP ME?

    37. TINA MERZ says:

      WE ARE LOOKING FOR SENOR APARTMENT BY INCOME WITH 2 BED OR 1 WE LIKE TO SET OUT DOORS DO YOU HAVE ANY THIN NEAR ALLEN PARK MI WE CAN YOU HELP US

    38. Neva Ford says:

      I want to rent I have section 8 for five years

    39. Neva Ford says:

      Were is your location an I have section 8 and,I’m 47 I have a, defibrillator heartbeat diaylis

    40. Dani doyle says:

      Hi my name is dani, I go by dee. I’m 57 yrs old and have lots of health issues diabetes, depression, anxiety, bipolar and slight white brain matter disease. I have had my assistant dog for 13 yrs I will get another one. Looking for a assisted living or senior place if something happens to my dad. Looking to live in petaluma, Ca. As I have a sister there. Can you give me some help. Thank you.

    41. Ginger Hoiland says:

      I am 74 years old and am looking for low income housing (a house) for myself. How can you help me? Who do I contact and where do I look. I am living in Hemet, CA and my son is telling me to get out of his house and live elsewhere. Very bad situation.

    42. Barbara Johnson says:

      Helping a friend who survived aneursym find 55 over housing. My friend experience residuals from accident and is interested in renting in quiet area.

    43. Susan Tarallo says:

      Hi, I’m 57 and on disability. My checks are $1,100 per month. I am on the Section 8 list, but still need to wait about 8 more years.

      I have list of properties for San Diego through the housing authority, and have made many phone calls. However, they are woefully outdated. I don’t feel well enough to dig further than I already have.

      Some properties with tax credits will allow disabled even though not yet 62. However, I do not know which ones fall under the latter category.

      I am currently living in a tiny private studio with no kitchen and termites and a leaky roof. Please help!

    44. Lynette Armstrong says:

      Please send me info.thankyou

    45. Kathleen Wright says:

      1- 5 years tooo long….help
      Ok to contact me
      Thank you

    46. Cathleen Pollard says:

      I am looking for a low income based senior citizens apts in oklahoma city ok. I live on a very merger as check and only receive food stamps. Can you help mr

    47. Hello, I live in the Bergen county of NJ and my mom has been on the waiting list for 6 years give or take. Is there a way I can find out the status on her wait?

    48. Gloria ANN Rushen says:

      Need to find HOUSING for me im 60 yrs old.in Ohio area.

    49. I’ll be 62 in 2018, really need affordable rental housing. My annual income is a little over 21,000

    50. Jenn Chereck says:

      Hi, this is a great sight! Last year I moved to South Carolina to find rent under $900/month. I am 70 and single. I have some money in savings from the sale of my townhouse in IL plus my SS. I figure that I can stay where I am at for about 2 years before I will need something cheaper. Are there low income facilities in Lexington , South Carolina? I think I had better get on a list!

    51. Hey seniors .do choose your places wisely.dont move to colorado.its a 2-3 yrs wait on apts here.got a place in cortez co.apts very subtandard living conditions.in poor shape too.no ofhers available.for years.indianalis in.waiting periods.3-6 months.Florida’s waiting periods.1-3 yrs.choice wisely first.public housing agents in your state has housing list of low incomes apts.ask for the list.call apts for openings.apply for several ones and wait your turn.it’s along wait. But worth it.miss Harris.from indianapolis,in

    52. Marjorie Walker says:

      Hi. My. Marjoriewalker. I. Need. To. Get. In. Apartment. Soon. As. Possibly. Please. Help. Me. Ps. Thank. You.

    53. Christina Claudio says:

      Im wonder if you have low income here around in vienna va

    54. Hello,
      I’m 57 year’s old can’t afford to pay high rent I’m not employee anymore I’m in Edd please help me to find place cheaper

    55. Michaelene Shelton says:

      Looking for base income one bedroom in los Angeles California

    56. Marie fitch says:

      If they stopped helping people that never paid unto the system ,they could help people that worked their butts off and cannot qualify because we don’t check how paid taxes or who worked under the table.government should check that before helping people

      • Danielle says:

        Marie, they do check who has paid into the system (has their 40 quarters in). There is a difference though, SSI is for elderly and/or disabled (Supplemental Security Income- not Social Security Income as many think). You can be born with a disability and be on SSI your whole life, receiving a set amount of money based on your living circumstances. SSDI is what you are talking about Marie, Social Security Disability Insurance. It is meant for people with short-term disabilities. You must have paid into the system for usually about 10 years (equals 40 quarters) to qualify. Then, if you have a short-term disability, one from which you will heal and return to work, then you can apply for SSDI which is for a limited about of time and ends up being a percentage of your regular income. — I really feel people should read up on these things before making judgemental comments about others.

    57. francisco chang says:

      Vivo en miami florida, busco vivienda para mi y mi mascota , busco y busco y siempre me dicen que no hay, y y en ocasiones se me dice que que mi mascota una boxer como si fuera un bebe, es tranquila y no ladra que no puede ser pesa 68 libras, sin ella no pudiera rentarme, por favor mi mascota es de compania quiisera una renta de bajo recurso y me ha sido imposible ayudenem por favor gracias anticipadas, soy una persona que esta en su pleno cabalidad desearia miami florida .

    58. Bonita Dickson says:

      Finding hud appointment.in California. For 55 yrs old. And for low income.

    59. Sarah St.John says:

      I ‘AM INTRESTED IN KENWOOD PLACE APARTMENTS IN TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA 32304 I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THEY ACCEPT HUD. I WOULD DEEPLY APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN HELP ME.
      I’AM OVER 62 YRS OLD.

      • Hello, Sarah.

        You will find information on Kenwood Place here: https://www.after55.com/listing/100566/kenwood-place

        It does identify itself as low income. Low-income senior communities set aside all or a portion of their units for residents whose incomes are below specified limits. Those limits are set by the federal government (HUD) and vary by location. The individual property would have to answer more specific questions. From that page, just click “Check Availability” to contact Kenwood Place, or call (877) 343-5183.

        – Mark, After55.com

    60. Elena R Quintana says:

      Need 1 bedroom apt. That pays about $850.00 a month. In or around Delray Bch. Fl. Soon. Thank you. I am 76 yrs. old

    61. I took an early retirement 2-1/2 years ago. I had to move from my 55+ apartment community because the rents were much too high for my reduced income. I now live in a nearby residence that is comprised of mostly young couples and their dogs. Even here, the rent keeps going up – last year it went up $60/month and this year it is going up $50/month. My problem is, I can’t afford these increases! Could HUD possibly help me by supplementing my rent at my current residence in NH?

    62. Muslimah Salahuddin says:

      I am looking for low income subsidized home or apartment in the Miami surrounding aea.

    63. Jeanine Saintvil says:

      Where to apply in south Florida

    64. Hello, I am 62, I have applied for my social security benefits. My benefits are low so I do not make enough money to pay for rent. I need help! Please help, I live in Seattle WA.

      Thank you
      Mary

    65. Esther Reyes says:

      I plan on relocating to AZ next fall. I’m 63 yrs old and live independently. I would like listings/information on low income housing with in unit washer and dryer, 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and pet friendly. I’m interested in North Phoenix and/or surrounding areas within 10 miles from North Phoenix. Thank you in advance for your response.

    66. C. A. DuFresne says:

      I am in the same boat as many of the above people asking for help.
      I am 81 in very good health and can run my own place. I lived ina house for 24 years then my landlord, who had a heart of gold, died and his daughter raised my rent a thousand dollars and of course, I cannot pay tat much. My husband died from the effects of lung cancer and was in the hospital at least 5 times. Almost all our savings went to pay DR. bills. I am rooming with a friend and signing up everywhere to try to get studio somewhere in the S.D. county area close to stores and bus as I have not car

    67. I currently live in 55+senior housing in Melrose Park, IL. The rent
      for most units is $1200. I suspect the government is not assisting.
      I am relocating to DeSoto, Texas. Please tell me how to find 55+
      community housing.

    68. How does one find a listing of affordable Senior Housing in the Arizona/Nevada states? Arizona is quite expensive and doesn’t have enough rental properties for low income. Too many are for sale and not lease or rental. I for one don’t want the overhead of ownership at this part of my retirement.

    69. I live in the Dallas, Texas area and there are a lot of beautiful, safe senior apartment communities. BUT, because my Social Security income is so low the ones that I qualify for have waiting lists of one to three years. They are even building a newer senior community that is still under construction. I rushed to contact them, but because my income is not twice the amount of the rent, I can’t even get into them. I have been searching for three months with no luck. I just keep getting on waiting lists. It is very discouraging when you just don’t make quite enough money.

    70. Peggy Cusumano says:

      I am relocating back to Florida from Utah. I have tried unsuccessfully to apply to the 55plus communities in Seminole County area. I am just barely over the income restriction, but am not able to afford the high rent in most of the communities here. The ones with affordable rent are in high risk areas where safety is a concern for me as a 70 year old woman living alone. What am I to do? Would appreciate some input from you as to how to qualify for senior housing in this area. The more expensive complexes have a minimum amount well over what I make annually.

    71. Dan Rapaport says:

      Within the next year (if not sooner) I plan on leaving southern California and moving out of state. I am (55) years old, live alone and am employed. I am specifically seeking a (55) plus rental community in Nevada or in neighboring states.

      Since I haven’t moved in many years I am seeking someone or some organization that can assist me in locating housing and eventually employment. Would you happen to know of any individuals and/or organizations that can assist me on a personal one on one basis in this endeavor? Either a public and/or private organization. I would even be willing to pay a nominal fee if I could find a reputable person(s) who could work with me in this regard. Because of work and time restraints it is almost impossible to sift through all the material in locating a place to reside, especially out of state.

      Any & all help that you can render in this regard is greatly appreciated.

      Sincerely,

      Dan Rapaport

    72. Seranor T DeJesus says:

      My wife and I are considering moving to the Las Vegas area.Before we make that important decision,we would like to rent a furnished apt./condo for about 4 months to determine if we will like the Las Vegas area.We would prefer a senior community as we are both 70+years old.Can anyone help us or give us some apt./condo locations that we can check out.Also,we would like a quiet area.Your suggestions/recommendations are appreciated.This is a major decision for us so we would like to be very careful and thorough.Thank you again.

    73. My question is why in the world do the senior housing have to do a background check on seniors .I know like myself I’ve had problems in the past with credit . & most of it was caused by an ex husband or my late husband. It’s not like we killed anyone or other really bad crimes so come on give us a brake we really need it we don’t have family with whom we could live they don’t have room for us.

    74. I would love to get into a senior living myself . but I’ve have some bad credit that stops me . so I can’t pass their background checks .it’s stuff that happened because I could pay for after my late husband passed away. So tell me how I can’t get into a place without this I’ve always pay rent & utilityes on time. But I’m going broke paying all of them I need a place where ulitilies r paid . please help me . I live in blue springs mo . I want to get into manor heights in raytown mo

    75. aurora teixeira says:

      I have a voughter.for section 8 but cant find a place to rent I only qulify for 1000.00 plese help me

      • Were do you live Aurora? $1000.00 sec 8 voucher is a great thing to have. People wait years to have a voucher…surely if you research your area for low income housing something should come up. I know that there are ethical realtors that are willing to help as well.
        Are you a senior, single, married, have children? I would love to be able to help you along, but I need more information. Your income is another factor.

    76. MONA BECKER says:

      Is there a state wide list of all rentals that are available without a waiting list?

    77. Did you do the research? None of these programs are actually available. No waiting lists, no nothing.

    78. Same pat answers. You don’t go into how long it takes you to get into one of these programs or that you have to get on a waiting list. Then they want to put you in a little box for “living” with same old tired amenities.
      Treat us as if we are old and decrepit and not part of the community at large with still something to contribute.

    79. francisca delgado says:

      I would like to find a place for leaving I am 58 years old and I am on disability from the post office and also receive ssa.I leave in orlando fl and would like to find a place in Orlando or kissimmee fl.need help for all the things about housing authority.

    80. I am retired with limited SS benefits. I need help either to pay rent or subsidise the housing in some other way.

    81. Theresa Whalen says:

      Im 55, and disabled. Im on a fixed income, im only recieving ssi $733 a month. Im trying to find a place i can call home and afford. How do i do this?

      • Hello, Theresa. HUD has contact information for approved housing counseling agencies at http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm . The list is searchable by state and city.

        • Alicia Barnes says:

          This list was not helpful at all. I called the number listed for Marietta, GA and was told there are 3 high rises here for seniors but the waiting list is over a year. I asked if there were more options or resources and was told this is all the have. Not help at all!

          • Pat Weaver says:

            Hate to tell you, but long waits are absolutely normal in this situation, almost anywhere you look. Get on the waiting list but keep looking in case someone has an unexpected vacancy. If you don’t get on the lists, you’ll be in the same situation further down the road. I know it’s discouraging but that’s reality. Be glad you’re not looking for a low-income place for a disabled senior with mental challenges – one place told me the waiting list was 7 years! It’s awful.

      • Leonia Fisher says:

        My income is 735 a month that’s SSI. I’m 65 and looking for a place in East Texas. Tyler or Longview Area. Is it possible to find senior housing there.

    82. Robert Wolfram says:

      Truthful and helpful information. Thanks for digging for us all!

    83. Kathy Bartlett says:

      Hello my name is Kathy Bartlett. I am 57 and in December I’m be 58. I have a husband that is 47. Because I’m looking for a senior apartments, does this mean I can’t qualified for a senior apt. Because of my husband being only 47?

    84. What annual amount is consider low income?

    85. donald foster says:

      hi, i am 70 yrs. old. i am a vietnam veteran. i presently live in the brandon,florida area. i have been looking for an apartment since july. i am homeless and disabled both physicily and mentally. i am getting very tired. i don, have a car or vehicle. i had a mobility scooter til someone stole it. i am living w/ some people and they are abusive. i must get out of here asap.they are taking most of my money?? i need help.

    86. Hello, Donald.

      You might want to contact the Hillsborough County Office of Veterans Services, at https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/locations/brandon-regional-service-center or (813) 635-8316.

      That office helps veterans access federal, state, and local benefits.

      – Mark, After55.com

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